The chateau of Langeais is a chateau of contrasts.
From the outside it looks like a feudal fortified castle, which it once was, once you reach the interior you find a stately home to rival any in the Loire Valley.
The early fortress on this site was constructed by
Foulques Nerra, who drove the Bretons out of Anjou in 992.
Only the rectangular keep remains of his castle.
The chateau dominates the town which has grown up around its protective walls.
The chateau we see today was built between 1465 and 1490 for King Louis Xl by his treasurer Jean Bourne.
The chateau has remained unchanged over the centuries and, unlike most Loire Chateaux, has retained its furniture and fittings.
Among the treasures is the wedding chest of Anne of Brittany, brought here when she married the hunchbacked King Charles VIII in 1491.
They were both to be married to other partners but for the stability of the region, a marriage was arranged.
The marriage brought together France and Brittany.
Today the Chateau houses a fine collection of furniture, paintings and tapestries, which give a fairly accurate picture of life in the fifteenth century.
The Chateau was restored in the 19th century by Jacques Siegfried, and the gardens were reconstituted from the drawings made by Anne of Brittany.

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