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Pays de la Loire

Angers castle - Ramparts and former moats

Angers Castle – Dukes Anjou Loire Valley

History of Angers Castle in the Loire Valley, the chateau of the Counts and Dukes of Anjou the descendants of Fulk Nerra and Louis IX’s brother Charles I

Cycling along the Loire River

Cycling along the Loire River

The best cycling routes along the Loire River, a series of trails that follow the river from its spring in Auvergne downwards to its mouth in the Atlantic

Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK

Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK

Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK by air, sea and land is easy as the region is served by 3 airports, ferry links and railway and road networks

Loire Valley architectural styles - French Renaissance

Loire Valley architectural styles

A brief overview of the evolution of the Loire Valley architectural styles, which produced so many exceptional castles and religious buildings

Apocalypse Tapestry

Apocalypse Tapestry – Angers – Jean Lurcat

Apocalypse Tapestry in Angers, the largest and oldest tapestry made in Paris rediscovered by Jean Lurcat the artist who revived the art of weaving in France

Aerial view of Saumur

Saumur city Loire Valley – Cavalry School

The medieval city of Saumur in the Loire Valley, home to the Cavalry – National Riding School and the prestigious Cadre Noir since the late 18th century

Chateau de Saumur

Chateau de Saumur – Dukes of Anjou Castle

Chateau de Saumur, the castle of King René, the last Duke of Anjou, a fortified palace that commands the river Loire and the medieval city of Saumur

Chateau de Montsoreau

Chateau de Montsoreau and A. Dumas’ novel

Chateau de Montsoreau, the setting of Alexandre Dumas’ novel La Dame de Montsoreau, and a permanent exhibition site on the Loire Valley and river navigation

Chateau de Brissac

Chateau de Brissac – Castle Loire Valley

The Chateau de Brissac in Brissac-Quincé, one of the tallest castles in France known as the Giant of the Loire Valley, and in the same family since 1502

Chateau de Montreuil Bellay in the Loire Valley

Chateau de Montreuil Bellay – Walled City

Chateau de Montreuil Bellay, a medieval castle and a French Renaissance château that overlooks its village and last of the thirty-two walled cities of Anjou

Cunault Abbey Church

Cunault Abbey Church – Masterpiece Romanesque Architecture

Cunault Abbey Church in Chênehutte-Trèves-Cunault is considered a true masterpiece of Romanesque architecture and was listed Historical Monument in 1846

Recumbent statues of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II of England in Fontevraud Abbey

Fontevraud Abbey and Romanesque Kitchens

Fontevraud Abbey has the recumbent statues of Henry II of England and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and the only preserved Romanesque kitchens in France

Poitevin Marsh waterway

Poitevin Marsh, the Green Venice

Poitevin Marsh, the second largest wetland in France, is known as Green Venice, a lush green marsh you discover by punts that gently glide on man-made waterways nestled under the tree canopies
Chateau de Commequiers

Chateau de Commequiers, demolished by order of King Louis XIII

Chateau de Commequiers, the fortress of the Protestant lords of La Tremoille was demolished by king Louis XIII at the end of the Wars of Religion
Moulin de Raire

Moulin de Rairé, a windmill in constant use since 1555

Moulin de Raire in Sallertaine, a windmill that has constantly turned and been exclusively powered by the force of the wind since its construction in 1555
Abbey church of Sallertaine

Sallertaine – A former island among the salt marshes

Saint-Martin de Sallertaine, an Angevin Romanesque Church and only vestige of the 12th century abbey founded on a former island in the Baie de Bourgneuf

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