Friday, 29 May 2020

Chateau de Bagneux


The Chateau of Bagneux at Bournan is a fortress style chateau, constructed between the 13th to 15th centuries, and allied to the Chateau of Sainte Maure.

Chateau de Bagneux.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

The footprint is a square with towers at each corner. Two have been truncated and two have been given conical slate pepper pot roofs sometime after the 15th century and retain their defensive machicolations.  From the towers you can see the neighbouring fortresses, and communicate as far as Loches by lighting signal fires. Its mullioned windows in the towers and facade show the later transition from its military use to a leisure retreat.

Chateau de Bagneux.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

In 1912 the chateau was used in the finale of the annual military manoeuvres, with the President of France and the Arch Duke of Russia present.

The chateau is privately owned and not open to visitors.

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6 comments:

Le Pré de la Forge said...

Now that... is one chunky building!

Susan said...

Properly medieval, innit?!

chm said...

Any connection with le Grand Dolmen de Bagneux?

Susan said...

I don't know. They are 75km apart.

Ken Broadhurst said...

There are dozens of places named Bagneux in France.

Susan said...

Are there? The chateau is supposedly named after the original lord there, but the spelling has been modified a lot over time.

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