Saturday, May 25, 2013

Château de Châteaudun

Châteaudun Longueville and Dunois wings

The Loire Valley is the home of many châteaux—French for castles. Our route to Dinan passed through the north sideof this area. Surely we had time to see at least one château!

Château de Châteaudun was built between the 12th and 16th centuries. It was home to Jean de Dunois, comrade in arms of Joan of Arc.

Châteaudun keep The keep was built by the Count of Blois Thibaut V around 1170.

Châteaudun chapelThe Sainte-Chapelle was built between 1451 and 1493. The choir and the high chapel were built between 1451 and 1454, with the nave and the oratory between 1460 and 1464.Châteaudun chapel

Châteaudun Longueville wingFrançois I of Orléans-Longueville began construction of the north wing between 1469 and 1491.

Oh my gosh! It's mid-afternoon, and we're only a third of the way to Dinan! No more side roads, no more stops!

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