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Le chateau d'Essalois, Chambles

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Castle Tourist Spot
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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  • Abandoned and in ruin but nice to walk thru it and walk all the way up to the roof area (thru a long staircase and small ladder. Tiny restaurant on site with a very friendly keeper and wonderfully tas...  more »
  • Impressive ruin with lovely views in the right weather. When we were there, having done the nice walk from the car park in thick mist, there were hints of the views of the Loire. The castle is great t...  more »
  • The castle is small but in nice location. After more complex castles, this is a tiny one. No indoor decoration or anything like that. You can see another "castle" from the top of this one. There is a ...  more »
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  • A nice walk in the open air for the family. Large car park. Walk fast and easy if you go straight to the Castle but a little longer, hard and stony if you go by the left. What cool off on arrival and eat a snack.
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  • Very nice site with a castle under renovation. Beautiful view on the river Loire and the surrounding area...
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  • Very nice site of beautiful strolling paths a little then cliffs with strollers or hard chairs
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  • A wonderful site
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