France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Forteresse Royale de Chinon, France




The Forteresse Royale de Chinon has been here, at this strategic hilltop location where three ancient provinces of France (Anjou, Poitou and Touraine) meet, since the 900s.

In the mid-1150s, Henri II, heir to the great François I, expanded the fortifications to the general design you see today.

It was here, in 1307, that Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, was imprisoned and falsely charged with heresy.

In March, 1429, King Charles VII received Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) who had come to pledge her fidelity to the crown.

The fortress lost importance during the time of Cardinal Richelieu. It is now administered by the Conseil Général d'Indre et Loire, who have installed interesting audiovisual displays and historical exhibits. The Joan of Arc rooms chronicle the history of her legend from the 16th to 21st centuries. The royal lodgings have been restored as those of the 1400s.

You can't miss the spectacular panoramic views over the rooftops of the town, the Loire, and the surrounding vineyards.

Except for Christmas Day (December 25th) and New Year's Day (January 1st), it is open every day of the year. A one-hour guided tour in French and English is included in the price of admission.

Forteresse Royale de Chinon
37500 Chinon, France
Tel: +33 (0) 2 47 93 13 45
Fax: +33 (0) 2 47 93 93 32

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Forteresse Royale de Chinon, France

Forteresse Royale de Chinon, with the town and the River Loire below.

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