Conceived as a fortress in 1424, this complex of steeples, turrets, towers, and dormers was erected at the dawn of the Renaissance on a hill overlooking the Indre River. The terraces, laden with orange and lemon trees, were laid out by the royal gardener Le Nôtre. When the need for a fortified château passed, the north wing was demolished to open up a greater view. The château was later owned by the duc de Duras and then by Mme. de la Rochejacquelin; its present owner, the marquis de Blacas, has opened many rooms to the public, most recently the private dining room and the dungeon. The visit begins in the Renaissance chapel, with its sculptured portal and handsome stalls. You then proceed to the royal apartments, furnished with tapestries and antiques. One gallery displays an extensive collection of swords and rifles. A spiral stairway leads to a tower with a panoramic view of the river and a waxwork Sleeping Beauty waiting for her prince to come.
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Daily mid-Feb to Mar 10am–6pm; Apr–Aug 10am–7pm; and Sept–Nov 10am–6pm; closed the rest of the year Phone 02-47-95-54-05 Prices Admission 14€ adults; 4€ students and children 8–16; free for children 7 and under Web site Château d’Ussé Other Closed the rest of the year
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