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This is one of the twenty fortresses built at the end of the 10th century by Fulk III, the Black, the Count of Anjou, nicknamed the Black Hawk. The remains of the keep, restored by the architect William Dudley at the beginning of the 20th century, dominate the village.
However the keep suffered greatly following the bad weather in 2001.
Sitting on its limestone outcrop at the gateway to Quercy, the Castle of Turenne is open to visitors.
In the Guards' room from the 14th century, you can imagine how rich the castle was before Louis XV ordered it to be dismantled. He acquired it in 1738 from the previous Viscount, Charles-Godefroy de la Tour d'Auvergne, the Duke of Bouillon.
From the top of the César Tower which dates from the 12th century, there is a wonderful panoramic view. From there, you get an idea of the power of the viscounty which reigned as far as the eye can see in its golden age.
A stronghold dating back to the end of the 14thth and the start of the 15thth century, the Château des Roure has had numerous owners, including the Pradier family. The descendants are, moreover, the current owners. Listed as an Historical monument in 1978, the château has been open to the public since 1975.
You will also find the écomusée de la Soie (Silk museum) on site. There you will see the different stages of silk thread work, from the cocoon to the fabric. The magnanerie invites you to discover the life cycle of silkworms, from the egg to the butterfly.
The Museum of Prehistory houses a collection of objects dating from Prehistoric times found on sites in Touraine. Located in Le Grand Pressigny in the 12th century castle, which was remodelled in the 16th century, at the Museum of Prehistory you can admire the 12th century keep, the Renaissance gallery and the Vironne tower. You can also enjoy a beautiful view of the village and the Claise valley.
"The calm within is far from boring, the melancholy far from bitter" so said Gustave Flaubert of the Château de Chenonceau, which was a gift from Henri II to Diane of Poitiers. The "Château des Dames", built on the structure of an old mill, stretches over the Cher river, with its elegant Renaissance arches, the Catherine de Médicis Gallery above.
The edifice was restored remarkably well and within one can admire a rich collection of paintings, furniture and tapestries.
But why is it known as the "ladies' Château"? Well, the so called Château des Dames was occupied by a succession of ladies. After Diane de Poitiers, her daughter in law Louise de Lorraine, the bereaved widow of Henry III, followed by Gabrielle d'Estrees, the favorite of Henry IV who later took up residence at Chenonceau. Madame Dupin, who hosted the young Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Madame Pelouze who restored the château a century ago, also made their marks as inhabitants of the château de Chenonceau.
You can meet these elegant women in the wax museum at the château de Chenonceau.
Inside the château de Chenonceau, treasures abound: Renaissance furniture and tapestries dating from the 16th and 17th centuries adorn the elegant rooms. Paintings by great masters such as Correggio, Rubens, and Tintoretto complete the fine collection.
Take a walk in the beautiful French-style gardens and park, and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere which reigns here in this charming spot beside the river.