Château de Luynes
On October 23, 2020

Only 15 kilometers from Tours, with its imposing and benevolent silhouette, the castle of Luynes offers an exceptional panorama of the Loire Valley.


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Only 15 kilometers from Tours, with its imposing and benevolent silhouette, the castle of Luynes offers an exceptional panorama of the Loire Valley.

 

Built in the 12th century on a rocky spur to defend the crown of France, it bears witness, thanks to its intimidating surrounding wall and impressive towers, to the turbulent medieval past in Touraine.

 

It is only in the XVth century and then in the XVIIth century that it will become a residence of pleasure.

 

Many Kings of France (Philippe IV the Fair, Charles VII, Louis XI, Catherine de Medici, Charles IX and Louis XIII on three occasions) stayed there, attracted to the domain by hunting.

 

Since its first construction, the castle has always been inhabited, which explains its perfect conservation today. Only three families succeeded one another: the Lords of Maillé, those of Laval and, since 1619, the descendants of Louis XIII's famous favorite: the Dukes of Luynes.

 

Beyond the strong historical interest, the castle of Luynes offers the charms of a family monument; through the visit, discover the apartments fully furnished and inhabited by the XIIIth Duke of Luynes and his family.

 

End the visit by letting yourself be surprised by the gardens, the ditches of the castle and the Gothic chapel with its upside down boat hull frame.