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July 20th, 2010
Montsoreau 490219 49730
Maine-et-loire Pays de la Loire
47.216 0.057 33 m

In the Loire Valley, Montsoreau

One view.
Other view. July 29th, 2010.

The tower with staircase of the castle of Montsoreau of the 15th century. Built according to the will of Jean II of Chambes, adviser of the king de France Charles VII 1403-1461, it was preceded by seigniorial fortified towns by defense or influence: Castrum de Montsorelli in 1089, Castellum Montsorelli of 1093, then Mons Sorelli and finally Mons Sorel in 1107.
It is the only “Château de la Loire”, built truly in edge of the LOIRE river.

It is an exceptional site with the confluence of the LOIRE and Vienne rivers, with the crossroads of Anjou, Poitou and Touraine.

The castle of Montsoreau, is known in particular by the novel of Alexandre Dumas 1802-1870, "the Lady of Monsoreau”, 1846.

_La LOIRE, the “last river wild” and longest of France, takes its source with 1048 meters of altitude in the Massif-Central with the “Mont Gerbier de Jonc”, in the commune of Sainte-Eulalie in Ardèche, and after a course of 1,013 kilometers through a basin which occupies 1/5 of the French territory, throws itself by a broad estuary in the Atlantic Ocean in the department of Loire-Atlantique. The Loire Valley from Sully-on-Loire in Loiret to Saint-Florent-le-Vieil in Maine-et-Loire, is registered since the year 2000 with the World heritage of UNESCO, for its biological diversity and its historical and cultural richness.

MONTSOREAU is a French commune, located in the department of Maine-et-Loire of the area of the Countries of the Loire, populated of 544 Montsoreliens, distributed on 6 km², that is to say 99hab./km².

In the middle of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional natural park, Montsoreau is a Village of Charm of Anjou, and one of the most beautiful villages of France, classified with the World heritage by UNESCO.

My images of Montsoreau.
My images of the Loire valley.

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