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Chateau de Sarzay, Sarzay

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The Château de Sarzay is a 14th-century castle in the village of Sarzay in the Indre département of France.This imposing medieval fortress comprises 38 towers and three drawbridges. Numerous furnished rooms maintain their historical authenticity. From the tops of the towers, with their superb carpentry, one can discover the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Restored deep moats, the chapel and the hall complete the beauty of the site.HistoryThis small village in the Berry province acquired the title of 'City' in 1300. The parish was a dependency of the Archbishop of Bourges.The manor of Sarzay belonged to the Barbançois family since the middle of the 14th century. They were a family of knights whose sons distinguished themselves in the battles of the Hundred Years War. The family built the castle and remained owners until 1720. Their title was promoted to marquis in 1651.To begin with, the castle was open ground circled by a ditch and defended by an enclosure of which the only remnant is a chapel-tower. In 1360, the lord of Sarzy, Guillaume de Barbançois, fought the English outside the nearby town of La Châtre, before looting the town. Sarzay was at the edge of the kingdom of France, facing the English possessions of Poitou, Limousin and Aquitaine, and thus formed part of the first line of defence of the kingdom. Around 1440, Jean de Barbançois constructed a hall flanked with five towers, one of which served the various floors. The towers were crowned with machicolations. The castle contained the English invasion. Surviving intact from the Hundred Years War, the Wars of Religion, the Fronde and the French Revolution, it is today one of the most photographed monuments in France.
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  • If you really love to explore on your own and having a good old poke around this is definitely for you! Health and safety police haven't reached this part of France and that makes this place a little ...  more »
  • We stayed here several years ago. It was off season and the proprietors were so generous (the older gentleman even gathered chestnuts for us to roast over the open fire). There was very little in the ...  more »
  • Sarzay Castle is an amazing experience. Only 6 euros entrance fee (when you can find the proprietor to pay him) enables you to roam at will and climb to the top of the keep, where there are fantastic ...  more »