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The castle of Chinon is reflected in the river Vienne under the morning light.

Chinon is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France well known for the Château de Chinon, a medieval castle which at times served as the residence of the kings of France and England. The settlement of Chinon is on the bank of the Vienne river about 6 miles (10 km) from where it joins the Loire.Chinon was included in the French royal estates in 1205. It was during the Hundred Years' War that the town took on a new lease of life, as the heir apparent, the future Charles VII of France, had sought refuge in 1418 in the province. The town remained faithful to him and he made lengthy stays at his court in Chinon. In 1429, Joan of Arc came here to acknowledge him.

From the sixteenth century, Chinon was no longer a royal residence.

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