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A view of the façade of the Château de Montsoreau. This rather austere side of the château fronts the River Loire. Apologies for the tour bus, which was from Germany, but the driver didn't seem in any hurry to move whilst I took my pictures :-) It does, help, however, give a good sense of scale and shows off the massive proportions of the building.

Some information from Wikipedea:

The Château de Montsoreau, in the market town of Montsoreau, Maine-et-Loire, France, was constructed in 1455 by Jean de Chambes, a senior councillor to King Charles VII. Erected on the bank of the Loire river, it was a strategic fortress, controlling river traffic between Chinon and Saumur.

Alexandre Dumas's novel La Dame de Monsoreau is based upon the amorous escapades of two ladies who occupied the castle during the reign of King Henri III.

By the end of the 19th century, the castle was abandoned and in near ruin. Today, having undergone extensive renovation, it is owned by the département and houses the Musée des Goums Marocains (Moroccan colonial irregular troops).

It has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1862.

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