Tuesday, 18 June 2019

A New Staircase for the Donjon


Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

The donjon (castle keep) on the Royal Citadel at Loches is getting a new wooden entry staircase. Visitors have to get across the steep deep defensive ditch to enter through Henry II Plantagenet's medieval gatehouse and the old staircase was getting distinctly rickety. The young man working on this long riser was a cheerful soul, interested in what I was telling my clients when we visited and happy to answer questions about his work. He is set up on the roof of the 14th century caponier (a sort of bunker designed to defend the ditches, outside of the curtain wall of a castle).

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