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March 24, 2007
Nantes 440109 44000
Loire-Atlantique Pays-de-la-Loire
47.217 -1.55 7 m

Castle of the "Ducs de Bretagne".

The "Grand Logis" 15ème siècle
The "Tour de la Couronne" 15ème siècle

Many were the kings of France to be remained in this castle, of Charles VIII in Louis XIV.
Louis XII married Anne of Brittany in the Vault in 1499.
Henri IV there worked out, if not signed into 1598 the terms of the edict of Nantes.
In its towers were held Chalais, favourite of the king Louis XIII, the cardinal of Retz, the duchess of Berry.
At the time of François II, duke of Brittany, father of Anne of Brittany, the way of life is royal. The court is sumptuous and very free manners.
the fastening of Brittany to the royal field in is signed there in 1532.

The castle

The construction of this building starts in 1207. On order of Jean IV of Brittany, Guy de Thouars builds the first castle, known as "New Tower". "Pierre de Dreux" says "Mauclerc" and "Jean Ier le Roux" one extend the fortifications of Nantes and increases the castle, which will be consolidated in 1365, and there remains visible the tower of the "Vieux Donjon".
In 1466 "François II de Bretagne" orders the construction of others towers on the same site and fact of the fortress its main home and one of the first fortress of "Bretagne".
In 1491, "Anne de Bretagne", become queen of France by marrying "Charles VIII", supplements the work of her father François II by adding others towers. With the death of "Charles VIII" in 1499, Anne marries "Louis XII" and makes increase some buildings.

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