Classified in the UNESCO world heritage, the castle is mainly known in reason of Alexandre Dumas' historical fiction "La Dame de Montsoreau" published in 1846 about facts happened in french
history in 1578.
Build between the 11th and 19th century, the great peculiarity of this castle is to possess the deepest dry moats of Europe (590 ft) and an extraordinary network of underground rooms and
passages for military and daily living activities.
Montreuil Bellay castle
Foulque Nerra asked the first citadel to be built on the roman oppidum in the 12th century. Later the castle is involved in the "100 Years" conflict between the kingdoms of France and
England. During the 1WW the castle became in hospital for soldiers.
At the heart of the Val de Loire classified in 2000 "World heritage of humanity" the castle of Saumur is seat in the historique road of the Valley of the Kings, on the historic road of
From 1780, the castle is use as prison for British sailors
Founded in 1101, by Robert d'Arbrissel, a visionary clergyman.
From 1189, Fontevraud becomes royal necropolis, sheltering the graves of Henry II, Alienor d'Aquitaine and Richard Lionheart.
Under Napoléon Bonaparte, the abbey becomes a renowned very hard prison.
The Square Tower of Loudun
Build in 1040 by Foulques Nerra, this donjon or most probably watchtower, was part of a fortress dismantled by Louis XIII on the advice of cardinal de Richelieu for fighting the protestant
Building not open to visit.
Cavalry Museum of Saumur
Located in the former stables of the Cadre Noir, build in 1827.
It redraws the history of the french cavalry since Charles VII in 1445 up to tanks of todays.
Magnificent collection of uniformes, harnesses, armors and ancient weapons.
Museum of the armored vehicles of Saumur
This museum possesses a unique collection of about 800 vehicles, among witch 250 presentations to the public. The presentation allows the greenhorn as the specialist to appreciate the more
characteristic or more legendary tanks.
Zoo of Doué-La-Fontaine
The biopark presents a remarkable collection of spectacular animals in a maze of rocks to the heart of a luxuriant vegetation.