Chateau de Chateaubriant, Chateaubriant

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The Château de Châteaubriant is a medieval castle strongly modified during the Renaissance, located in the commune of Châteaubriant in the Loire-Atlantique département of France. The original castle was founded in the 11th century on the eastern border of Brittany and, such as the fortresses in Vitré, Fougères, Ancenis and Clisson, it was defending the duchy against Anjou and the Kingdom of France.

The castle was renovated several times during the Middle Ages and the town of Châteaubriant developed at its side. During the Mad War, the castle was seized by the French after a siege. The keep and the halls, partially destroyed, were renovated in the flamboyant style. Eventually, during the 16th century, the château obtained its definitive appearance when the new Renaissance palace was built against the medieval enceinte.

After the French Revolution, the château was sold and divided several times, and was finally transformed into an administrative centre, with the seat of the sous-préfecture, a court and a police station. All these offices closed down after 1970, and nowadays the château is partly opened to visitors.

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  • Had a lovely time, learnt a lot, and Pauline, our tour guide, was so kind! We were only able to book onto a French-speaking tour, and were the only people on the tour. Pauline was kind enough to do...  more »
  • After a week of visiting Gothic and neo-Gothic churches and chateaux it was a pleasant surprise to find a chateau with Renaissance elements as well. Could just imagine lords and ladies strolling the.....  more »
  • Very beautiful place to visit, doesn't take long to see it all
  • A Medieval Castle, well preserved and deserve to be visited. I do like it.
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