A visit to Langeais ,and its castle!!!

And we went back to the valley of the kings and the wonderful castles of my belle France. We have been to them when even visiting France but has taken me many years to be back; this was as good as any time to do this. We first went to the Château de Villandry and then the Château de Langeais! Let’s continue the tour with several posts,and now the a bit on Langeais town! Hope you enjoy it as we!

We had time from Villandry so after lunch we headed our way home passing by several castles and settled for Langeais as do not recall ever been here! lol! yes it happens in my belle France so many beautiful places!!! Here is a bit of my take on Langeais, say it first enjoy it more than Villandry ,well not into gardening.

The city of Langeais is located in the Indre-et-Loire department 37 , in the Centre-Val de Loire region. The town was re-born on January 1, 2017 under the administrative status of new town from the merger of the former town of Langeais and the town of Essards which then took the status of delegated town!

The first mentions of the old town are in the writings of Grégoire de Tours (Histoire des Francs, X) where Langeais, under the name of Alingavia, is cited as one of the first rural parishes founded in Touraine by St Martin de Tours in the last quarter of the 4C!

You can reach Langeais from the autoroute A10 highway, coming from Paris, take exit/sortie 20 Tours Sainte Radegonde, then direction Saumur. From the A10, coming from Bordeaux, near Tours, take the A85 highway, direction Angers-Saumur. From the A85 highway, coming from Tours or Saumur, take exit/sortie n ° 7 Langeais. We took along the D7 and D57 from Villandry. Langeais is located on the SNCF Tours-Nantes line stop Langeais station. There are bus 2 lines of the Touraine Fil Vert bus network serving Langeais. Line N2 round trip Langeais-Bourgueil (only operates during school periods).. And the TF line Chinon-Azay-le-Rideau-Langeais (operates all year round).

Let me tell you here about the pont suspendu as one of the things to see here well driving over it as we did!

A first suspension bridge, with a flexible deck, was built between 1846 and 1849. In 1846, King of the French Louis Philippe authorized the construction of a wire bridge – this is what the technique was called at the time. It was opened in 1849 but, after ten years … A summer storm … lightning fell on the bridge, it broke a column, the deck and the suspension system collapsed in the Loire. Two years to the day after the disaster, on July 21, 1861, the bridge was again open to passage and tolls. But, in 1870, France was at war with Prussia … the advance of the enemy had to be slowed down. And the French army blew it up, ignoring the opposition of the authorities and the local population. When peace returned, a third bridge was completed in 1874. It is more solid than the previous ones, with an independent suspension system. . At the same location, a new bridge, also suspended but with a more rigid deck, was built from 1935 and inaugurated in 1937. June 1940, WWII, the Nazis were heading south. They had to slow them down its progress! The French army blew up the bridge deck. It was not until 1949 after having used ferries and then a temporary footbridge for the bridge to cross the Loire river again. Since then, the bridge has been doing well. It is still today, apart from that of the A85 highway, the only 45 km crossing point over the Loire, between Tours and Port Boulet. More on the city of Langeais here: https://langeais.fr/en/rb/448541/pont-suspendu


A bit of history I like

At the end of the 10C, Foulques Nerra conquered the site of Langeais, not far from Tours. A castle was then founded on the promontory, in order to defend the eastern limits of Anjou. All that remains of this set are the remains of the dungeon. In 1044, Langeais passed, with all of Touraine, into the hands of the Plantagenets, then into that of the kings of England, their heirs. It was in 1206 that Langeais entered the French royal domain, following the victories of Philippe Auguste over John landless.. From this period, the stronghold of Langeais was granted to various great lords close to royal power.

Very important for my new region of Bretagne is that here at the Château de Langeais that took place the wedding of Duchess Anne of Brittany and King Charles VIII of France secretly celebrated on December 6, 1491, the first step in the attachment of the Duchy of Brittany to the Kingdom of France. Eventually Brittany was annexed in 1532.

Some of the things to see here , my favorites of course are the Château de Langeais (see post), Pont Suspendu and Saint John the Baptist Church (see post), and the Maison des trois rois,(house of the 3 kings) at the foot of the Castle. One of the oldest houses in Langeais, undoubtedly built at the same time as the Château 15C. Close to the castle, three 16C houses, including the Rabelais house.



We parked right by the halle or covered market which was easy minutes to the castle off rue Gambetta. Did I tell you we love markets? well our nose just found them easily and nice free parking!



Some interesting literary gem on the Langeais castle with a title La Duchesse de Langeais or the Duchess of Langeais , a novel by Honoré de Balzac, first published in March 1834 under the title Ne touchez pas la hache or do not touch the ax.

The town of Langeais  on its heritage see right column: https://langeais.fr/fr/rb/432499/patrimoine-et-monuments

There you go folks a wonderful entry into beautiful Langeais. All about 3 hrs from our home which can be done in a day!! We got the hang of it and will be back for more castles which we love in natural setting with great food and wines of my belle France. Hope you enjoy the post as I did telling you about it.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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