Saturday, December 31, 2016

France, Loire Valley - Château d’Angers III (The Gardens)

The apparent austerity of this shale and limestone fortress, 
which the young King Louis IX had built on the edge of his kingdom in the 13th century, 
contrasts with the tranquil grounds inside the castle walls and the pleasant residence of the Dukes of Anjou, 
composed of buildings constructed at the end of the Gothic era. 
To transform and embellish the castle into a more welcoming home for the Anjou Court, 
terraces and gardens were laid out, galleries built and the gateway erected.

The ramparts today offer prime views of the city and the valley.
A medieval garden has been landscaped on the eastern section.
The moats, dug in 1485, have given way to formal gardens that highlight the beauty of the medieval fortress.

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