Monday, 23 May 2011

A château on the Loire

When is a château a castle and when is it a palace or a even a grand country house (or a stately home)?  At times it's hard to say, but in this case I would say that the Château at Saumur in France is a castle.  I think.  Maybe a palace?

It was built during the 10th century and was fortified, for me that makes it a castle.  It was destroyed in the 11th century, so possibly the fortifications weren't strong enough, then rebuilt by Henry II of England in the late 12th century.  I would still call it a castle but it's a very pretty castle, almost fairy-tale.
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  1. Definitely a castle! What a pretty landscape!

  2. It is so beautiful from the outside. I wonder if we would be disappointed if we saw the inside. It doesn't look like it has very many windows.

  3. What a beautiful castle! I would say it is a castle as it has a lot of the tactical requirements, including the turrets and the self-contained inner area. It is really lovely.

  4. I always enjoy to see a castle. The Loire valley is the perfect place to see some of the most beautiful castles in Europe.


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