Just opposite the Hotel Le Bussy, visit the Château de Montsoreau. In the early 11th century, the seigneury of Montsoreau was a strategic and military point as well as a octroi located on the river. The fortress of Monte Sorello belonged to Gautier de Montsoreau, a fervent believer who in 1101 gave Robert d’Arbrissel and Hersende de Champagné land to build the Abbey of Fontevraud.
The lordship of Montsoreau then became the property of the Savary de Montbazon family, then the Craon and Chabot families. It was the marriage of Jeanne Chabot to Jean II de Chambes that brought the Château de Montsoreau into the great History of France. Private adviser to King Charles VII, he began the construction of the castle in its present form in 1450. We’ll let you discover the rest on the spot…
With its avant-garde architecture and its strong link with the river, the Château de Montsoreau has inspired artists through the centuries, from Rodin to Turner, Flaubert, Rabelais and Alexandre Dumas with his famous “Dame de Montsoreau”.
Today, it is a Mecca for contemporary art in Montsoreau, which you will discover as you walk through the rooms.