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It was a hot day and in the afternoon our cycle ride back to Saumur took us along the River Loire and through the pretty village of Montsoreau. While thousands of cyclists sped along the riverside, I took a turn off the route and up the hill to take a look at the château, which was peacefully quiet and had lovely views over the river.

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

By the end of the 19th century, the castle was abandoned and in near ruins. Today, having undergone extensive renovation, it is owned by the département and houses the Musée des Goums Marocains.

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