Thursday, April 28, 2011


This is a medieval fortress in Yèvre le Châtel, which is classified as one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France. We visited recently on our way from Orléans to Fontainebleau. There is not much else in the town (no shops or restaurants) but we enjoyed the scenery here on this sunny spring day.

The present castle was built at the beginning of Philip August's reign in the thirteenth century. It benefitted from the latest defense techniques adopted from the Middle East by the Crusaders. Toward the end of the Hundred Years' War, troops stationed here fought against the English stationed in nearby Pithiviers, then they went to the aid of Joan of Arc in Orléans.

Later, the fortress was abandoned. The castle fell into ruins. Around 1980, associations of volunteers came to its rescue to enable it to be open for visitors today.

tags: French history

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