Brissac Castle (France)
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Located less than two kilometers from Angers, the Château de la Loire is part of the rich heritage of the Loire Valley. Medieval and Renaissance style, this fortress was built in the eleventh century and has experienced the last major work in the eighteenth century.
This Chateau Loire is the property and residence of the family of the Dukes of Brissac since the early sixteenth century.
The Château de Brissac: a castle rich in history
Ancient castle, it was built at the initiative of Nerra Fulk, Count of Anjou, in the eleventh century. Subsequently, the castle had a difficult period, among other because of the loss to the English. In 1435, the Château de Brissac is bought and rebuilt twenty years later by Pierre de Breze, the latter being a rich minister of Charles VII.
A legend haunts the Castle of Brissac. Indeed, the son of Pierre de Breze settled in the castle with his wife, following the death of his father, the latter being sacrificed to save the king. Pierre de Breze discovered that his wife was having an affair with his friend Pierre Lavergne. He killed with his sword on 1 March 1462. The legend of the castle wants it appears on stormy nights, in the form of a white lady.
In the early sixteenth century, the Château de Brissac bought by René de Cossé, at the time of the reign of François 1er, the latter naming the governor of Maine and Anjou.
The castle was besieged by King Henry IV, during the wars of religion, following the Charles de Cossé decision to side with the league. Once joined to the king in 1594, he recovered his castle only 12 years later. Being very damaged, it had to raise the very important work supervised by architect Jacques Corbineau. The result is simply amazing compared to what the fortress had become.
The Château de Brissac: the "Giant of the Loire Valley"
The Chateau Loire is the highest in France. Indeed, with its seven floors, it totals 204 rooms. Some of them have their gold leaf ceilings, the castle has precious furniture and a charming Belle Epoque theater dedicated to opera.
The park and gardens of the Château de la Loire permit the construction of walks in the shade of old trees. The place represents a long flowery and shaded path along the river Aubance and near ponds. The castle also has a tea room called "The Cedars Pavilion".