Beaugency on the Loire

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Beaugency is a small town of 7,500 inhabitants on the banks of the Loire, about 30 km north of Blois and 40 km south of Orléans. The 400-metre long bridge, which dates back to the 12th century, has 23 arches and is said to be the oldest over the Loire. Beaugency is a pretty little town with cobblestones, a Renaissance town hall built in the 16th century, a castle, an abbey church and an 11th century church. It’s certainly worth a detour!

Beaugency bridge

Beaugency bridge

Caesar's Tower seen from the bridge

Caesar’s Tower seen from the bridge

The Loire seen from the Bridge

The Loire seen from the Bridge

The abbey church seen from the back

The abbey church seen from the back

The abbey church from the front

The abbey church from the front

Caesar's Tower

Caesar’s Tower

The courtyard of the castle

The courtyard of the castle

The central market (no longer used)

The central market (no longer used)

The Renaissance town hall built in the 16th century

The Renaissance town hall built in the 16th century

The main square

The main square

A well on one side of the square

A well on one side of the square

Looking through the archway of the local college

Looking through the archway of the local college

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc who helped to win the Battle of Beaugency in 1429.

 

 

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13 Responses to Beaugency on the Loire

  1. A very impressive bridge, and I really like the character of the town.

  2. Susan Walter says:

    Typo alert: Joan would have been long dead in 1439. The battle of Beaugency would have been 1429.

    We’ve never made it to Beaugency. I’d like to go there one day. It is also where the American Airforce General Macon took the surrender of 20 000 German troops who had been corralled there by the Resistance at the end of the Second World War.

    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      Thanks, Susan. I’ve fixed it up :).
      I didn’t know about General Macon. Apparently you can visit the inside of the town hall, which we didn’t know about. Next time!

  3. Helen says:

    A fascinating town and history.
    I particularly loved the arched bridge and and am very impressed with the entrance to the college.

  4. Jan Leishman says:

    What an unexpected little place. Something to add to my list when in Tourraine.

  5. Lesley says:

    What is so nice about the bridge is that no-one has seen fit to put awful high railings on the stonework.

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