Chinon in the Loire Valley
The historic town of Chinon sits on the banks of the mighty
Vienne river. The ancient château here, which has been
heavily restored, was the preferred residence of Henry II,
one of the English Plantagenet kings who ruled from here and
his wife Aliénor d'Aquitaine. Henry II died here in 1189 and
their son, Richard 'The Lionheart' was born here.
In 1429 Joan of Arc came to Chinon to meet the Dauphin
Charles VII, she succeeded in inspiring him to reclaim his
kingdom, after which Chinon became his capital and enjoyed a
long period of prosperity.
The winding streets
of the town make for great walks. The timber houses date back to the fifteenth
century and give you a taste of its history .
It is a town well worth a visit to browse the many
shops or to have lunch at one of its fine restaurants.
one of the better known wine growing towns of the
there are a plenty of opportunities for wine-tasting. Its red wines
You can easily
walk through the town in a day on
your own or take the guided tour arranged
through the Tourist Office. You can walk up the winding cobbled
path to the chateau or take the elevator up from the car park behind the
centre of town.
The Chateau de
Chinon is open daily throughout the year,
hours 9-6 in April-June and Sept., 9-7 in July-Aug., 9-5 in Oct., and
9-12 and 2-5 in Nov.-March.
Official website of Chateau de Chinon
Chateau de Chinon on Wikipedia
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