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Le chateau d'Essalois, Chambles

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The Château d'Essalois is a restored castle in the commune of Chambles in the Loire département of France, overlooking a dammed portion of the Loire River, Lake Grangent.HistorySite of ancient occupationThe castle stands on a natural strategic strong point, inhabited by mankind since time immemorial. The very important Gallic oppidum (occupied by the SégusiaviSégusiavi from 170BC to 25BC) extended for 500m behind the castle in a place known as "le palais" (the palace). The remains of the oppidum walls are buried by broom. Finds of amphoras and coins during the archaeological excavations carried out by Preynat revealed the existence of an important wine trade with Italy, before the Roman occupation.Unknown originThe oldest documents mentioning the castle are from the 14th century. The puy (hill) of Essalois is quoted in charters from 1337 onwards, variously named Podium deysaluym, Mons deysaluym and Suc du Pré.In 1378, Arthaud de Villedieu paid homage to the Count of Forez for the house and the tower of Essalois which oversaw the Loire.In 1464, the tower of Essalois belonged to Beraud de la Bâtie.So far, the vestiges of this early construction have not been identified.
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  • A great view of the Loire, and the Grangent dam, and a nice ride for the family. For what is the castle itself, it's a nice site which has been well restored to be visited, but nothing exceptional. Worth a visit anyway.
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  • well restored, beautiful ballad to go around, beautiful view... a downside, very little information and explanation on the site, the history... just a sign at the entrance... It seems that there is a gallo Roman nearby oppidum... no info has this topic... shame...
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  • This place has the merit to exist for the the panorama view over the plain but offers no historical attraction, a simple stop by curiosity but not great interest!
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  • A nice place to visit with your family. I went there when I was a kid with my family and I go there again from time to time to admire the landscape, panorama and the Loire Valley down below. The kids have fun and in they love castles :)
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  • One view, paths of all kinds for walkers, mountain bikers...
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  • A medieval castle under renovation, with a magnificent view of the Lake of grandgent. Free entry
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  • It's free, it's nice, the view is breathtaking, what more! A must see if you are in the area.
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  • A beautiful walk with views of St Victor sur Loire below, Grangent dam. Access to the castle is free. For the more adventurous, it is possible to mount at the top of the Castle (scale).
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