The château, which was more or less in ruins, has recently undergone a massive excavation and restoration which has returned it (or mostly) to its former glory. After being roofless for 200 years, the apartments now have pitched and gabled slate roofs and wood floors, and the keep is once again fortified. The restoration, while not exact (due to the state of the original building), gives the overall impression of what the castle looked like around the time of Joan of Arc’s visit. The buildings are separated by a series of moats, adding to its medieval look. A new building has been constructed on the foundations of the Fort of St-George, which serves as an entrance hall and museum, featuring new archeological finds discovered during the restoration, as well as objects and interactive displays that recount the story of Joan of Arc, Charles VII, and the history of the castle.
Château de Chinon
Btw. rue St-Maurice and av. Francois Mitterrand
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Daily May–Aug 9:30am–7pm; Mar–Apr and Sept–Oct 9am–6pm; Nov–Feb 9:30am–5pm Phone 02-47-93-13-45 Prices Admission 8.50€ adults; 6.50€ students; free for children 6 and under Web site Château de Chinon
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