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Chateau de Sarzay, Sarzay

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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3.6/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web
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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  • A very pleasant discovery this castle. Even the Court full of old collections is already a marvel (carriages, prams, strollers etc. An impressive view from the top of the towers of the castle for the courageous and then a discovery of each of the floors invaded by strong objects interesting, fun and time also. In short a marvel to be discovered.
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  • This partially crumbling chateau is a wonderful example of France's fortifications in the middle ages. The owners allow free roaming around the towers - so one must exercise caution - there are spiral...  read more »
  • At the end of a small road to Nohant, have caught by the vision of a great feudal Castle, pure chance, no signage, weird weird, the Lord of the Manor, passionate, and charismatic, gives us freedom to visit for some species, dearly won, he said he shot you this castle oblivion and certainly ruin! Magical places, very beautiful restoration which leaves us speechless in front of is the amount of energy expended, this gigantic man is also a late decorator, we circulate among a setting worthy of a curiosity cabinet, collection of moving objects of Berry, Ms. Sand in his time had not disavowed her great collecteuse she also... traditional music, tales etc. popular delighted we were, thank you, thank you also for the real cobwebs real life far from the fury and the noise, finally disconnected even from cell phones, what say! very soon!
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