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Monday’s Travel Photos – Château de Langeais

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The Royal Castle of Langeais in the Loire Vallely, built in 1465 by King Louis XI, is an excellent example of a late mediaeval fortress, with a drawbridge in working order and a parapet walk open to visitors. The interior furnishing is typical of the period, with sculpted wooden chests and fine tapestries. Fifteen wax figures give a lifelike representation of the secret marriage of Charles VIII and Anne Bretagne in 1491 when Charles was 21 and Anne only 16. A large park behind the château offers an excellent view of the Loire and even has (reconstructed!) mediaeval scaffolding.

Drawbridge, Château de Langeais
Drawbridge, Château de Langeais
Bench with chest
Sculpted wood bench doubling as a chest
One of the castle's many tapestries
One of the castle’s many tapestries
Banquet hall
Banquet hall
Stone floor
Stone floor with fleur-de-lys and ermine cape
Wedding of Charles VIII and Anne de Bretagne
Wedding of Charles VIII and Anne de Bretagne in 1491
Four-poster bed
Four-poster bed and typical fireplace
Italian chest
Italian chest – one of a pair
View of town from rampart walk
View of town from parapet walk
Mediaeval scaffolding
Mediaeval scaffolding
Château from the gardens
Château de Langeais from the gardens
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