Le Lude

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Wonder of architecture with its 3 facades in different styles and its “remarkable” garden.

Its position north of the Loire Valley castles, on the borders of Maine, Anjou and Touraine, has made this site a strategic point since the Middle Ages. It was occupied by the English during the Hundred Years War, before Jean Daillon (chamberlain of King Louis XI) became the owner in 1457. The Daillon family did not stop embellishing this medieval fortress for nearly 200 years, to transform it into a real pleasure residence. Other transformations will be carried out later, in particular in the XVIIIth century.

Today, one can contemplate 3 façades with completely different styles:

The South-East façade (on the left in the picture) and its Italian Renaissance style called François 1er.

The East facade (on the right on the picture) built at the end of the XVIIIth century in a neoclassical style, typical of the Louis XVI period.

The North facade, built during the Renaissance, and taken again by the architect Pierre-Félix Delarue in a neo-gothic style in the middle of the XIXth century.

Beyond its original architecture and its rich history, the Château du Lude has gardens, a park and a vegetable garden that are remarkable in every way, as indicated by the label of the same name (“Remarkable Garden”) that has been awarded to it.

If you plan to visit the Loire Valley castles soon, you now know your first step!

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