The Château de Montreuil-Bellay, part III

On the road warrior team we set out again for the region of Pays de la Loire and the dept 49 of Maine-et-Loire to visit Montreuil-Bellay! And visit we did wonderful place indeed. Just to show you, we have castles to create a new country lol! Old France never died it just faded away a bit but still plenty of stones around!!! I found some pictures not in my blog on the castle and feel they should be in it, Therefore, let me tell you a bit more on the Château de Montreuil-Bellay. And see my other two posts on it. No pictures allow inside but took some others ; hope you enjoy it as I

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The town of Montreuil-Bellay is located in the heart of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Natural Park, less than 25 km from Saumur (Maine-et-Loire 49 ), Thouars (Deux-Sèvres 79 ) and Loudun (Vienne 86). It is about 274 km (about 170 miles) from my house, Montreuil, or small monastery, and Bellay, named after Lord Berlay installed in 1025 by Foulque de Nerra, has been a walled town since the 13C. A first belt (11C), direct protection of the castle, is completed by an impressive rampart (13C) encompassing the upper and lower towns, while a third enclosure controls the ford. Six monumental gates, four of which still exist, were pierced by the lords of Harcourt.

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These great builders endowed Montreuil-Bellay with an exceptional architecture, a feature of the city still today: tufa lace on the facades of the houses, bossing of the towers of the Saint-Jean gate, tangle of the roofs of the castle dwelling, mansions with turrets, castral chapel that has become a collegiate church, castles, Saint-Jean hospital… The 15C is unquestionably the golden age of Montreuil-Bellay, which can be discovered today in this preserved setting.

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Inhabited by the same family since 1822 and rich in precious furniture passed down from generation to generation who strive to maintain it to share its glorious history and beauty. Protected by 600 meters of walls and 13 flanking towers, this castle takes you back in time to discover an exceptional kitchen with a central hearth from the 15C. Finally, the route of the walkway and the stroll through the gardens allow you to appreciate the view of the fortified town and the Thouet, a river which meanders peacefully below.

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The visit of the castle is combined with the tasting and the sale of the wines of the domain in AOP Saumur frequently rewarded for their always appreciated quality. And very good value/quality wise, we purchased, The vaulted cellars that support the castle and into which the astonishing Brotherhood of the Knights of Sacavin was enthroned in 1904,serve as the tasting venue! wonderful!! For a stay of several days in the walled town of Montreuil-Bellay, a 17C hotel is also available to visitors with a view of the castle: the Relais du Bellay.

Among the owners of the Château de Montreuil-Bellay, Geneviève de Condé, Duchess of Longueville and cousin of king Louis XIV, is one of the most illustrious. Instigator of the Fronde with her brother, the Grand Condé, she was forced by the Sun King into exile behind the walls of this golden prison. The highlight of the visit is the moving discovery of the bedroom of this woman who marked history by her strong character breaking with the strict codes of the court.

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The city of Montreuil-Bellay on its heritage https://www.ville-montreuil-bellay.com/en/sitemap/in-english/

The official Château Montreuil Bellay : https://en.chateau-de-montreuil-bellay.fr/

The Saumur tourist office on the castle of Montreuil Bellay and heritage sights:  https://www.ot-saumur.fr/MONTREUIL-BELLAY_a14817.html

There you go folks, it is a beautiful castle and great wine tasting venue at the end to finish a wonderful day in the Pays de la Loire! Do come to the Château de Montreuil-Bellay you will be glad you did.

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

8 Comments to “The Château de Montreuil-Bellay, part III”

  1. My word, your castles are almost as good as those in UK.

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