Château de Langeais

Langeais, France

The Château de Langeais is a medieval castle, rebuilt as a château. Founded in 992 by Fulk Nerra, Count of Anjou, the castle was soon attacked by Odo I, Count of Blois. After the unsuccessful attack, the now-ruined stone keep was built; it is one of the earliest datable stone examples of a keep. Between 994 and 996 the castle was besieged unsuccessfully twice more. During the conflict between the counts of Anjou and Blois, the castle changed hands several times, and in 1038 Fulk captured the castle again.

Under the Plantagenet kings, the château was fortified and expanded by Richard I of England (King Richard the Lionhearted). However, King Philippe II of France recaptured the château in 1206. Eventually though, during the Hundred Years' War, the English destroyed it. The château was rebuilt about 1465 during the reign of King Louis XI. The great hall of the château was the scene of the marriage of Anne of Brittany to King Charles VIII on December 6, 1491 that made the permanent union of Brittany and France.

In 1886, Jacques Siegfried bought Château Langeais and began a restoration program. He installed an outstanding collection of tapestries and furnishings and bequeathed the château to the Institut de France which still owns it today. Today Langeais is especially noted for its monumental and highly decorated chimneypieces. t is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture and is open to the public.

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Founded: 1465
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Marcelo Lorenzo (2 years ago)
This castle is both very pretty and very relevant to French history. Inside, there is lots of furniture and other items from old times (some are replicas), as well as a nice story about how a previous owner (quite rich fellow) took care of the place to transform it into a public memory place. The place is where unified France was born through the marriage of Charles VIII and Anne of Brittany. Gardens are very pretty too and the town is truly beautiful.
Attila Tényi (2 years ago)
One of most beautiful castles of Loire valley. Situated in the center of Langeais. Great castle with exhibition inside. It has beautiful garden - true french style garden - too. Don't forget to visit it.
Nathan Armstrong (2 years ago)
A beautiful castle with lots of history, including an older structure behind it. Lovely for picture taking, and most of the castle can be explored. There are helpful cards which explain what each room's purpose. The staff is also very nice, some of whom are dressed in period and even put on a little show.
Mary Ann Morigault (2 years ago)
Great visit of a medieval castle. Very instructive. Interesting videos. Nice boutique. Plus three demonstrations per day of falconerie. I really recommend this chateau.
Eric Leboeuf (2 years ago)
A wonderful surprise. Not only the castle is wonderfully furnished with medieval furniture, but there are various activities for kids. The sword battle (in French) was hilarious .
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