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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Angie Dickinson (10 months ago)
Amazing chateau in the middle of town, fantastic displays in each room and beautiful grounds to wander in. Well worth €11 and for us, great that dogs were allowed inside as well as outside.
Lindy Lee (10 months ago)
One of the few Chateaus that is dog friendly. You can take them inside and in the gardens. Smaller than the other grand chateaus though and simple garden. The entry wasn't step free. Also located in a cute town
Marjolein De leeuw (11 months ago)
Beautiful castle. The furniture is well preserved and the rooms look like they are still in use. The children liked the video and wax statues who tell the storie of Anne de bretagne. The site was not very busy and a relief after all the touristic sites. Take a stroll trough the Parc to discover a tree house and playground. Nice place to have a picknick!
Katarina Slapničar (12 months ago)
The falconery demonstration was well worth the visit, kids enjoyed it a lot. Lovely grounds!
Innokentiy Tantsura (12 months ago)
Soooo interesting and great performance. 100% worth to visit. They are dog friendly :-)
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