Château de Saumur

The Chateau de Saumur overhangs the old town and watches over the Loire Valley. It was first fortified in the 10th century, became a fortress in the 13th century then the residence of the dukes of Anjou until 1480, when René of Anjou died. The castle then became the property of the King. The Chateau de Saumur was bought by the city of Saumur in the early 20th century and housed the city museum.

It was listed as a French historical monument in 1964 and became a World Heritage Site in 2000. The castle has been greatly restored and houses today the decorative arts museum and the horse museum. The watchtower has an exceptional view on the Loire Valley and in late September, you can participate in the grape harvest of the castle.

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