Château de Sainte-Suzanne

Sainte-Suzanne-et-Chammes, France

Château de Sainte-Suzanne was a property of the lords of Beaumont, viscounts of Maine, and was built in the 11th century. The most famous event of castle was when it succesfully repelled the conquer attempt of William the Conqueror in 1083-1086.

Installed on a rocky outcrop dominating the Erve valley, the Château de Sainte-Suzanne consists of a triangular courtyard made up of eleven round and square towers, a moat separating it from the medieval town or even a quadrangular keep with three levels near the drawbridge.

As for the dwelling, it reveals an architecture typical of the Henri IV period, at the transition between the Renaissance and the Classical, with a steep roof made of slates from Angers, a facade with bays or even pediments covering the skylights.


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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)


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Robert Brown (11 months ago)
Really nice mid evil castle fortress chateau. Great to walk around and do the tour. Lots of beautiful views and history to explore.
Lorna Murray (13 months ago)
Beautiful place to visit. Accessible. Cafe closed when we visited, and strictly no dogs. Please, if dogs are not allowed, is there room to kennel out of the sun for a small cost.
Cristiana Gentile (14 months ago)
Super cute little town in Loire Valley. Super picturesque, walking in its lanes feels like you are inside a Monet painting. Would recommend to stop there for a stroll and a nice meal
Mark Connolly (15 months ago)
This was a nice surprise. Some local history. Quite town sounds the Chateau. Small museum on the grounds. Free to enter the ruins and walks round. Stop and have a picnic. 4 euros to enter the museum. On site facilities and access for almost everyone is possible with disabled parking at the top. It's a short walk from the general public parking up the hill. Worth a visit and grab a coffee from one of the small cafes
Gasgas (2 years ago)
Brilliant old Chateau ruins that you can go inside and there are metal walkways all the way to the top and even one that goes outside the walls so you stand with the most amazing views. There are even little 'rooms' within the walls you can go in, get your torch on your camera out as they are unlit, amazing views from the top. Fantastic grounds. No dogs allowed though.
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