Langeais Travel Guide

  • The drawbridge
    The drawbridge
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  • Many fine tapestries to view.
    Many fine tapestries to view.
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  • View from behind
    View from behind
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  • Austere yet beautiful chateau

    The Langeais chateau proves once again that you can't judge a book by its cover. From the outside, the huge stone building looms large but is not very attractive to the eye. Yet, walk across the open drawbridge and you'll find a wonderful step back into history.The chateau itself has an abundance of furnishings to be admired. Furniture and rich...

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  • Château de Langeais: Its Monumental...

    “Directly you have crossed the drawbridge, and entered the door beneath the portcullis, you will see, beyond the garden, the ruins of his donjon. For the present Castle of Langeais, ancient as it is, does not stand on the site of the original fortress.”— from ‘Langeais’ in “Antiques Digest” 1926At one end of the Ground Floor’s Banquet Hall is a...

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  • Château de Langeais: Fun in Its Park

    Behind the castle stands the remains of the Old Keep. And behind it there is a park. Some children rides can entertain the little tykes. There is something there for the adults: a wooden cutout of a knight in shining armor. From behind stick your face in the helmet's opening for your own photo-op.

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  • The Old Keep: Château de Langeais

    “Directly you have crossed the drawbridge, and entered the door beneath the portcullis, you will see, beyond the garden, the ruins of his donjon. For the present Castle of Langeais, ancient as it is, does not stand on the site of the original fortress.”— from ‘Langeais’ in “Antiques Digest” 1926By AD 1,000 two powerful local lords, the Count of...

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  • Walking on History Tile Floors Château...

    “Anne arrived at the château of Langeais in her own carriage, which was rich with trappings of black and crimson velvet.”— from “Anne of Brittany” by Helen Josephine Sanborn, 1917One of the most interesting parts of the interiors of Château de Langeais was the beautiful tile floors.To think that Anne, la duchesse de Bretagne walked on these tiles!...

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  • Château de Langeais: Interior

    “An old castle is Langeais. But we are still standing on the drawbridge. Let us pull the bell. What a clang! I hope we shall not be seized for our boldness and clapped into a dungeon! But just as we are thinking of running away the gate beneath the portcullis is opened by a neat, mild-looking parlourmaid, who asks us politely to walk in, and...

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  • Château de Langeais: Courtyard View

    “When the drawbridge is passed and the court entered, the beauty of Langeais is so impressive.”— from “Churches and Castles of Mediæval France” 1895 by Walter Cranston LarnedThe December 1491 marriage of Anne de Bretagna and Charles VIII was conducted with great secrecy, each arriving at Château de Langeais separately under the cloak night.There...

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  • Château de Langeais: Street Side View

    “Two great towers flank the entrance to Anne of Brittany’s château of Langeais. They are round, with small openings here and there, and they have the curious, conical top so characteristic of the French architecture of that early time. The drawbridge is still there that leads to the gateway, and even now it can be lifted up by the long iron chains...

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  • Eglise de St-Jean-Baptiste

    “For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”— Jesus, from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, chapter 7, verse 28Saint Martin of Tours ordered a church and a baptistery to be built in Langeais in AD 380; this was...

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  • Beauty from Clay: Langeais Earthenware

    The plateaus round Langeais are covered with Cretaceous clay. The make up of this clay gives it a highly malleable quality while also making it strong after baking. These properties have led to its use for the manufacture of bricks. Many brick factories were established here in the first half of the 19th century. One of these, founded in 1839, is...

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  • Langeais Suspension Bridge

    The Langeais Suspension Bridge that spans the Loire River was built in 1849. Its iron wire cables were purposely cut by the French during the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, and rebuilt four years later. It is a two-lane, vehicular bridge with a pedestrian walkway. We entered Langeais by way of this bridge. It is quite impressive with its castle-like...

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  • Ignore the Lonely Planet on this one

    We found this to be a fairly disappointing chateau - despite what the Lonely Planet said. The interior is very well organised with guides to each room, but I found it rather drab. The chateau itself is also uninspiring.The town itself is quite nice, though, and had a delightful pottery market the day we visited (a Sunday in August).Go to Azay Le...

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