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Chateau Medieval de Pouance, Pouance

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Castle Historic Site
The medieval castle of Pouancé is located in Pouancé, Maine-et-Loire, France, at the western border of the old province of Anjou, facing Britanny. Along with the remains of the city walls, it covers a surface of three hectares. It is nicknamed the "second castle of Anjou" because of its size, which is just below that of the castle of Angers. It belongs to the Breton march, facing the Breton castle of Châteaubriant.On a location fortified since the 11th century, the castle was built during the 12th and 15th centuries. Besieged several time during the Hundred Years' War, it became a strategic fortress at the end of the 15th century, during the Mad War. Ruined during the 16th century and completely abandoned since the 18th, it was preserved from destruction when Louis Bessière, a inhabitant of Pouancé, decided to save the building in the 1960s. The castle is now ownd by the town of Pouancé and is open to visitors during summer.The castle has been listed as a monument historique since 7 July 1926. Despite volunteers and mainly amateur excavations over 40 years, little is known about the organisation of the castle, due to a lack of deep archaeological researches.HistoryThe first times of the castleSince the end of the early middle ages, the location of Pouancé, at the boundaries of the Breton march and the province of Anjou, was probably fortified to oppose the Breton castle of Châteaubriant. The first mention of the castle date back to 1049-1060, inside the cartulary of Carbay: the count of Anjou maintained troops and a vicarius named Landri or Landry. Fragments of Merovingian sarcophagus were found in the walls of Saint-Aubin church, proving the existence of a human settlement in Pouancé before the construction of the castle.
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  • A nice walk between the walls of this medieval castle with bonus the 360 degree view of the city is close by as well.
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  • This castle, achievement of the gates of Brittany, deserves a page open on a book of memory and imagination. guide know tell you the middle ages, the history of the middle age, the history of the White Lady and the cooler (that we visit) but also what became a passion for the journalist of the beef eye (Mr. Bessière) who saved this monument of the ruin and the dump that he had become. years later, the castle is still in renovation, and we discover more in addition to beautiful remains...
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  • You really love the ruins to visit this castle. Upon arrival at the bottom of the Castle, to plunge back into memories of stories to enjoy this place
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  • The remains of a castle worth seeing!
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  • Magnificent Castle
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