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.Work out when and for how long to visit Chateau de Sarzay and other Sarzay attractions using our handy Sarzay tour itinerary planner .
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Chateau de Sarzay Reviews
Nadine CSeptember 8, 2017
On visite le logis seigneurial d'un vaste château médiéval qui comprenait autrefois, des douves, des remparts munis de 38 tours et 3 pont levis. Sauvé de la ruine par un passionné collectionneur de to... more »We visit the seigneurial home of a vast medieval castle which once included a moat, walls equipped with 38 towers and 3 drawbridge. Saved from ruin by a passionate collector of anything and everything, we admire the beautiful room proportions, typically berrichons common, the impressive moats, the magnificent frames, even if "zapper" the heaps of scrap and dusty naturalized animals... It must be very hard to be Lord of the Manor...
JoceVoyageAugust 6, 2017
C est la 3ème fois que je le visite et j'y ai vu les améliorations apportés dans la rénovation. Bravo au propriétaire qui se démène depuis plusieurs années avec ses moyens. more »This is the 3rd time I visit and I have seen improvements in the renovation. Kudos to the owner who is struggling for several years with its means.
Roger NJuly 27, 2017
C'est un travail gigantesque qui a été entrepris par le propriétaire, par contre à l'intérieur c'est un vrai capharnaüm ce qui gâche un peu le visite, même si cela permet d'avoir une idée du travail e... more »It is a gigantic work that has been undertaken by the owner, however inside is a mess that spoils the visit a little, even if it means to have an idea of the work I don't think it is useful to spend 6 Euros to "visit a flea market"
Mireille michaelyAugust 17, 2017This place is magical. Of the warm Castle who love their site and visitors on vacation or passage or neighbouring... quiet sereinité, a beautiful light... bed and breakfast to try.
Kat MagJuly 2, 2017This is certainly not the expectation of everyone but I found this exceptional Castle by its frames, its large rooms, its experiences, the moat, the Chapel and the work done by its owner for more than 35 years to keep... to visit for lovers
Braem cyrilSeptember 17, 2017Very beautiful work by du.proprietaire
Frédéric JOHANNOTAugust 22, 2017Beautiful and unusual! Great time travel
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