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Domaine de Suscinio, Sarzeau

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The Château de Suscinio or de Susinio is a French castle, built in the late Middle Ages, to be the residence of the Dukes of Brittany. It is located in the commune of Sarzeau in the département of Morbihan, near the coast of the Atlantic ocean. The spectacular site comprises the moated castle, a ruined chapel, a dovecote, and a few ruined outbuildings.HistoryDesigned to be a place of leisure, between the seaside and a forest full of game for hunting, the castle's first logis seigneurial dates from the beginning of the 13th century.The castle was fortified and enlarged, at the end of the 14th century, when the heirs of the duchy had to fight to keep their assets, after the castle was taken by Bertrand du Guesclin, the infamous Constable of France. John V and John VI constructed a new seigniorial residence block with a large, new corner tower known as the Tour Neuve. A casemate was added at the end of 15th century to protect artillery pieces.Suscinio and the Wars of the RosesFrom 1471 to 1483, the castle housed Jasper Tudor, Henry Tudor (later King Henry VII of England), and the core of their group of exiled Lancastrians, numbering about 500 by 1483. Since the castle could only house some 100 persons, the rest must have been billeted close about, in Kermoizin and other villages nearby.
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  • Thoroughly enjoyed the the displays in the many rooms within the castle which proved popular with both adults and children. Great views of the surrounding countryside and coastline form castle...  more »
  • A great place to visit in the summer as more activities are offered for families. The nature surrounding the castle for walking is pleasant.  more »
  • Fantastic! Great for all ages, and for museum fans as well as those who hate museums! Interactive, dynamic, fun. Extremely well done. Free for children, affordable for families. Spent more than 2 hours and not bored one minute! Recommend going in the morning as by early afternoon it was getting busy.
  • Stunningly and carefully restored Chateau set in lovely surroundings with a short walk to a massive sandy beach. This place used to be a ruin and considerable money and effort was spent in restoring it to it's former glory. Many but not all of the exhibits have English translations, however there is an app you can download, and connecting to the WiFi lets you listen to the tour in your language. Definitely worth a visit, reasonably priced, kids under 10 go free, good gift shop.
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