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Chateau de La Roche, Saint-Priest-la-Roche
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The Château de La Roche is a restored castle situated in the commune of Saint-Priest-la-Roche in the Loire département of France, 20 km from Roanne. The castle stands on an island in the lake formed by the Villerest dam.HistoryThe earliest written records of the castle date from 1260. It was built on a rocky platform overlooking the Loire river from a height of 30 metres. The fortress allowed a watch to be kept and tolls to be collected for the County of Forez border. The building suffered floods from the Loire more often than attacks from enemies.In the 17th century, because of repetitive floods, the castle lost its attraction, resembling more and more a fortified house that would become a ruin in later centuries. At the end of the 1900s, an industrilaist from Roanne bought the castle and restored it in the Gothic style, intending it as a second home.During the 1930s, the construction project for the Villerest dam by EDF condemned the château to disappear below the water. The structure degraded very quickly and was subject to numerous acts of vandalism. It was finally bought for a symbolic one franc by the commune.During the construction of the dam in 1984, the château was the only building spared by the waters. It is now situated on an island. In 1996, it was entirely restored and the side facing the water was remodelled to permit access throughout the year.
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  • We were during our stay in the field of the great Cedars, visit the castle of the rock, chosen in audio tour guide for us and it was great, really very rewarding and interesting. Great and beautiful setting. No complaints, very good reception of the team and very good explanation.
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  • A small fairy tale Castle, placed like a jewel on the water! Very beautiful view and above all do not forget to go to the belvedere of the "Pêt of the donkey", located nearby, in the commune of Dance, place to be, with a breathtaking view on one most beautiful meanders of the Loire. Parking and picnic tables, nearby.
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  • Beautiful place outside. For the Interior, we regret the absence of furniture (replaced by pictures) which spoil the visit. Fortunately, there are Marie Caroline!
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  • We opted for the tour and we were not disappointed. The visit was very interesting and even our young children followed religiously the very clear explanations of our guide. Some videos are well made. A counselor.
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  • very nice tour not to be missed! the site is beautiful and unique, l ' history is told, played with video projections and an artist guide of outstanding quality! worthy of ' actress everything first! You come out as well as ' after a good play
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  • very nice place! I recommend the theatrical tour! for all audiences in more accessible to PRMS.
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  • Very pretty castle on the Loire. A visit is possible but it is not very big.
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  • Very cute and very nice and English speaking staff.
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