Photographer's Note

La Maison Rouge or 'Red House' is one of several fine medieval buildings in the old town of Chinon. Now heavily restored and housing a fine restaurant, it dates originally from the 14th and 15th centuries.

Due to space constraints in the narrow streets, the picture is a stitch of four images. Although I have done my best to resolve them, I am aware that there are still some distortion issues. Nevertheless, I still thought the final picture worthy of being presented on TE.

Chinon is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France, situated on the banks of the Vienne River.

The town developed in the Middle Ages, especially during the reign of Henry II (Henry Plantagenêt, Count of Anjou, crowned King of England in 1154). The existing castle was rebuilt and extended, becoming one of his favourite residences.

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 and went on to lead a French army against the English.

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