Chateau de Sarzay, Sarzay

#4 of 12 in Historic Sites in Indre
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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  • Do not miss visiting this medieval castle rehabilitated by one man in front of the stupid and reactionary administration! Fight for a successful life, place of Georges Sand inspiration for one of his novels, diving magic has your rhythm in medieval times of resistance has English! Visit without banned all can visit even the single frame of time in reverse shell. The owner will take you even in the photo in front of his Castle without asking!
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  • Must visit Berry medieval castle restored by one man alone against all, the visit is free you explore all the rooms of the Castle at your pace, no prohibited parts, magical perspective on the region. wonderful time in reverse shell atypical furniture framing and interesting baroque. Georges Sand liked to walk around and be inspired. Owner at your listening, ready a photograph you in front of his castle for Valentine
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  • Castle XIII century very well preserved. The number of external towers is impressive. 3 bridges levis are also remarkable
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  • Well setting situation but restore to continue... Lack of funding: could be better highlighted a lot of character and. Not far from Ms. George sand to noan
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  • Very nice visit. Adorable owner.
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  • Amazing visit. Beautiful place. This medieval castle is worth the trip.
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  • Nice effort to save this magnificent Castle and excellent hospitality of the owners
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  • This 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.
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