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Review of Chateau de Saumur

Chateau de Saumur
Ranked #10 of 40 things to do in Saumur
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Owner description: A symbol of the town of Saumur, the château is an old fortress that was converted into a palace by the Dukes of Anjou (14th and 15th centuries), including King René. It then became the residence of the town’s governors, a prison, then a depot for arms and munitions. In 1906, the town bought the château from the State to house its municipal museum, which has since earned the Musée de France label. A rich collection of decorative arts currently occupies the first floor of the north and east wings. Part of the horse collection, featuring objects from Antiquity to the early 20th century, is on display in the old abbey church. The château gardens offer exceptional panoramic views of the Loire and the town. In the summer, there are activities for all the family.
Reviewed 18 November 2013

We stayed in an apartment with an incredible view towards the chateau. Every night at sunset I would sit and admire the sun's glow against it's towers. At night I would look at the Chateau again and see its many dark spaces for windows.
I had no idea the size of it with its many 'faces' - until we took a drive up the hill one day, to visit the chateau. It's much bigger than it appears....
Walking around the chateau grounds and looking towards the beautiful town of Saumur was a great experience.
It was a little disappointing not being able to see more of the chateau on the inside - however it is currently under renovation.

Thank Jolanie G
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

Little of the castle is open to the public, as it is being slowly restored. However, it was a real medieval castle, as opposed to a renaissance "chateau" built as a palace. Walking around the walls, you can see how it was designed to resist a long siege. If you are in the area, it is definitely worth a stop.

Thank AlaskanSon
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Stunning chateau built on top of the Loire River, in a strategic position, however it was never attacked. Most wings were under restoration (October 13), a relatively small part open for visitors (in comparison to chateaus such as Benyac and Amboise Chateaus, where nearly everything is open for visitors).

Tapestries, French styles period furniture, porcelain and pottery is what is on exhibit. Free guided tour (included in the ticket). Informative but too detailed/long for my liking (old porcelain and pottery and comparisons between them is not what I had wanted to see in the chateau).

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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Built as a fortified stronghold in 10th century and later developed as a chateau. It changed hands several times thru the years. At one time it was converted into an army barracks. Later on used as a state prison and arms & ammunition depot. Today, it's a of decorative arts, ceramics
and equestrian objects as a Museum of the Horse.
In comparison to all other chateaus in the Loire Valley, quite a disappointment.

Thank 1trekky
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

The chateau is easy to reach by foot from the city centre, but there is also a parking next to it. When visiting don't miss the view over the valley. Tipp: Get a picture of the castle from "Très riches heures de Duc de Berry" and compare with the situation of today, also a nice activity for kids.

Thank Gronings_Expat
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