The Château de Chamerolles was built in the first half of 16th century by Lancelot I, chamberlain of Louis XII and Bailiff of Orléans under King François I. His son, Lancelot II agreed to Protestantism in 1562 and housed a Protestant church in Chamerolles. The castle became a center of the Protestant religion in the region. Chamerolles was a typical castle with square form and round towers in every corner. It is completely surrounded by the moat.
In 1774 the castle became the property of Lambert family who owned it until 1924. Occupied, looted and plundered during the Second World War, Chamerolles was put on sale in 1970. In 1976 it was abandoned the castle fell into disrepair. The General Council of Loiret bought it in 1987 and after restoration Chamerolles château was opened to the public in 1992.
In Chamerolles, there are no fewer than six gardens surrounded by vines, honeysuckle and roses trained on trellises. A spice and herb garden evokes the splendid aromas of delicious culinary specialities. Further on, fruit and vegetables of a thousand colours are the centre of attention.References:
Kerameikos was the potters" quarter of the city, from which the English word 'ceramic' is derived, and was also the site of an important cemetery and numerous funerary sculptures erected along the road out of the city towards Eleusis.
The earliest tombs at the Kerameikos date from the Early Bronze Age (2700-2000 BC), and the cemetery appears to have continuously expanded from the sub-Mycenaean period (1100-1000 BC). In the Geometric (1000-700 BC) and Archaic periods (700-480 BC) the number of tombs increased; they were arranged inside tumuli or marked by funerary monuments. The cemetery was used incessantly from the Hellenistic period until the Early Christian period (338 BC until approximately the sixth century AD).
The most important Athenian vases come from the tombs of the Kerameikos. Among them is the famous “Dipylon Oinochoe”, which bears the earliest inscription written in the Greek alphabet (second half of the eighth century BC). The site"s small museum houses the finds from the Kerameikos excavations.