Château de Montsoreau

The Château de Montsoreau, in the market town of Montsoreau, Maine-et-Loire, France, was constructed in 1455 by Jean de Chambes, a senior councillor to King Charles VII. Erected on the bank of the Loire river, it was a strategic fortress, controlling river traffic between Chinon and Saumur.

In fact the castle of Montsoreau has an exceptional position : in the confluense of two rivers, the Loire and the Vienne, and at the meeting point of three region : Anjou, Poitou and Touraine.Unlike other castles by the Loire, Montsoreau was directly built in the river.Alexandre Dumas’s novel La Dame de Monsoreau is based upon the amorous escapades of two ladies who occupied the castle during the reign of King Henri III.By the end of the 19th century, the castle was abandoned and in near ruins. Today, having undergone extensive renovation, it is owned by the département and houses the Musée des Goums Marocains.So in the 20 century the castle became a museum during 50 years.The Château de Montsoreau has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1862. However, the photos from the French Cultural Ministry show it to be in significant disrepair with broken doors and windows and untended grounds.Now inside the castle it’s a show with music and light and you can discover the activity in the river and the landscapes of the Loire, the legend of its Dame de Montsoreau.

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