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.Use our Chambles road trip site to add Le chateau d'Essalois and other attractions to your Chambles vacation plans.
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Le chateau d'Essalois Reviews
Lea LOctober 1, 2017
Cet endroit est magnifique il surplombe le barrage de Grangent on a une très belle vue aussi sur Saint-Victor pour ceux qui voyage et ne connaissent pas le département de la Loire c'est à visiter abso... more »This place is beautiful it overlooks the Grangent dam we have very nice views as St. Victor for those who travel and do not know the Department of the Loire is to visit absolutely visits are free. Many hikes are possible around the Castle and Cap
Daniele FSeptember 30, 2017
Ruines bien restaurées et surtout vue panoramique splendide sur la Loire et ses environs. Du haut de la tour principale (escalier un peu raide pour personnes pas du tout sportives ou très âgées) on do... more »Ruins well restored and especially view splendid panoramic on the Loire and its surroundings. From the top of the main tower (a bit steep staircase for any sports or very old) it dominates the region. But even in the courtyard of the castle we see the Loire, the dam Grangent, Islands and castles of the area.
djepiSAugust 31, 2017
ouvert gratuitement au public avec une vue magnifique sur les gorges de la Loire, Essalois est un lieu de balades à pied ou VTT aussi. De là on peut descendre par un sentier aux restes de l'abbaye des... more »free and open to the public with a beautiful view of the gorges of the Loire, Essalois is a place of walks on foot or mountain bike also. From there you can go down a path to the remains of the Abbey of the camaldolese into the Lake, or you walk up to the village of London beautiful, also with several hostels.
ROderiCkJanuary 5, 2017
Christian GraillonOctober 7, 2017From essalois walk and go up to the castle is a small market that allows to discover a beautiful restored Castle. You can also access the castle in vehicle. The view is superb... Possibility to eat on the spot (restoration). To do!
Domy GGabileneAugust 30, 2017Visit of a castle restored free visiting, see if you been there. There is a hostel just side that promises good on his card, I'll come back to check it, greedy I am.
Franck SauzetSeptember 21, 2017Well preserved Castle, stunning view of the grangent Lake and st Victor
FabbrossierOctober 9, 2017Great ride beautiful view
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