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Loire Valley Chateaux - Saumur

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As you approach the Loire Valley town of Saumur you can't fail to see its dominant chateau perched high on the skyline as if protecting its residents below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It originates from the 14th century but it was in the 15th that it was made into a comfortable residence by Duke Rene d’ Anjou. During its long history it has been the governor’s house, a jail before the town purchased it in 1906 to restore and turn it into the tourist attraction it is today. The former royal apartments now house two museums – ‘Musee des Arts Decoratifs’ and Musee du Cheval’. The first houses European china and tapestries with the second located in the attic of the chateau being dedicated to equestrian pursuits where you are taken into a world of saddlery from across the world – all lovingly worked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From its lofty position you have great views of the town and river -- it is worth parking riverside and hiking up the hill to appreciate this as well as the chateau itself.

 

 

 

 

 

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