Le chateau d'Essalois, Chambles

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The Château d'Essalois is a restored castle in the commune of Chambles in the Loire département of France, overlooking a dammed portion of the Loire River, Lake Grangent.HistorySite of ancient occupationThe castle stands on a natural strategic strong point, inhabited by mankind since time immemorial. The very important Gallic oppidum (occupied by the SégusiaviSégusiavi from 170BC to 25BC) extended for 500m behind the castle in a place known as "le palais" (the palace). The remains of the oppidum walls are buried by broom. Finds of amphoras and coins during the archaeological excavations carried out by Preynat revealed the existence of an important wine trade with Italy, before the Roman occupation.Unknown originThe oldest documents mentioning the castle are from the 14th century. The puy (hill) of Essalois is quoted in charters from 1337 onwards, variously named Podium deysaluym, Mons deysaluym and Suc du Pré.In 1378, Arthaud de Villedieu paid homage to the Count of Forez for the house and the tower of Essalois which oversaw the Loire.In 1464, the tower of Essalois belonged to Beraud de la Bâtie.So far, the vestiges of this early construction have not been identified.
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  • Abandoned and in ruin but nice to walk thru it and walk all the way up to the roof area (thru a long staircase and small ladder. Tiny restaurant on site with a very friendly keeper and wonderfully...  more »
  • Impressive ruin with lovely views in the right weather. When we were there, having done the nice walk from the car park in thick mist, there were hints of the views of the Loire. The castle is great.....  more »
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  • Beautiful location, great views of the Loire and surrounding areas. Especially nice at the top of tower.
  • Great views from up top.
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