Chateau de Lavardin, Lavardin

#29 of 48 in Historic Sites in Loir-et-Cher
Castle · Tourist Spot
The Château de Lavardin is a ruined castle in the village and commune of Lavardin in the Loir-et-Cher département of France. The property of the commune, it has been classified since 1945 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.
The remains of the Château de Lavardin stand on a rocky promontory, above the village and the Loir. Built starting from the beginning of the 11th century by the first lords of Lavardin, the castle was sold to the count of Vendôme around 1130, becoming his principal fortress from the end of the 12th century. Completely altered in the 14th and 15th centuries, it was taken by the members of the Catholic League in 1589, then dismantled the following year on the orders of Henri IV, duke of Vendôme and king of France.

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  • Lavardin is an extremely pretty village, on our visit one of the most picturesque. We visited the castle after spending a few hours enjoying a picnic by the bridge on the banks of the Loire. Found a.....  more »
  • The village of Lavardin is classified among the most beautiful villages in France; it is well deserved ! It has ruins of a medieval stronghold,a medieval bridge and a tiny church (Saint Genest ) with....  more »
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