Chateau de Lavardin, Lavardin

#10 of 17 in Historic Sites in Loir-et-Cher
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  • Being in love with the old stones, I was captivated by these majestic ruins, in this little village to the architectural treasures (see frescoes Church St-Genest) worth the detour & change radically for the majority of the castles in this area (at majority Renaissance). Opening: end of April to end of September 11 to 12 h & 14-18 h. Unfortunately, this picturesque village does not appear to attract a lot of tourists. We were the only ones in this (lack of pub perhaps?) Price: 4 euros. € 50 for children 1-14 years. Built from the 11th, the castle was sold to the count of Vendôme (see also a Dungeon in the latter) to 1130. Redesigned in the XII XIV & XV, he was removed to the Leaguers (Catholic League during the war of Religions) in 1589 then dismantled the following year on the orders of Henri IV. The fortress consists of 4 speakers surrounding a quadrangular keep, all built on 3 levels of Rocky. At the foot of the Castle, between the promontory and the Loir, a last speaker was protecting a Priory founded around 1040. From the 1st speaker, remains the entry door, the drawbridge & du Châtelet (XII-XIV-XV), which we note the machicolations and embrasures for Cannon (around 1400). This door gives access to the 1st level of the promontory assigned garrison & servants. North of the landing is the troglodytic kitchen with oven bread. On the second level, you can see the remains of several homes. The East is located the captain Squire (XII-XIV-XV) quarters. To the North: the crypt of the chapel crèvecoeur (XV). In the centre: a large ceremonial House (XV). There are vaults in the arms of the Bourbon-Vendôme. A guard room (end XV) is installed under a staircase in order to control the traffic in the tunnel system. On the last level, pierced with embrasures for Cannon, rises the massive Dungeon of the XII. Reinforced 3 strong towers (between end XII & 1200 years), it was rebuilt by count Louis 1st of Vendôme (end XIV, XV). From the top of its 26 m, it overlooks the village. Inside, you can see the remains of the door giving access to the 1st floor. On the ground floor, very elongated unit 1 seigneurial House, & in the floors a fireplace to arms of Charles VII carried by angels (1420), a multilobed window (XIV) & the remains of the staircase installed around 1400 in a full Tower cantonnant the angle of the Dungeon (late XII °. In the Tower cantonnant the Dungeon to the Southwest, is laid out a narrow Dungeon only accessible by a well. The second and third levels of the promontory are dug a network of galleries & underground stairs to circulate in the Castle & reach the Dungeon & his pit (XIV-XV).
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  • flying visit that is view of the road, not much to say. Unfortunately, we missed the highest cellars in the village no indication.
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  • in this beautiful Sunday (15/10/17) we were enchanted to visit this village class... we have unfortunately disenchanted! a few stones however but without +, a castle closed, a village died... in short, no top at all. and, remember to take the picnic because nothing to eat round kilometers. Fortunately the weather was there to warm the heart anyway!
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