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Chateau de Montgeoffroy description and photos - France: Loire Valley. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Chateau de Montgeoffroy.
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Chateau Montjoffroy is one of the few castles in the Loire Valley that have managed to fully preserve their interior and furnishings. There are only three such castles in the Loire Valley. Montjoffroy Castle is located in the Maine-et-Loire department, near the city of Angers and very close, just one kilometer from the city of Maz. Currently, the heirs of the founder of Montjoffroy live in the castle, while the castle remains open to tourists.
The castle of Montjoffroy was built by the governor of Alsace, Marshal Louis-Georges Erasmus Contad, who in the middle of the 17th century bore the title of commander-in-chief of the French army. In 1676, he acquired land on which there was already a certain U-shaped structure. In 1772, the construction of a new castle began on these lands, and the builders adhered to the same shape in the form of a horseshoe. The work was supervised by the famous metropolitan architect Jean-Benoit Vincent Barre and his local colleague named Cimier.
Two towers, the chapel of St. Catherine with beautiful stained-glass windows, a moat surrounding the castle, and a stable have survived from the castle, erected for Marshal Contad. A courdoner was built in front of the building - a ceremonial courtyard with a wide staircase, the roof of the castle was covered with slate, and from its windows one could admire the scenery of the Loire Valley.
Marshal Contad equipped the castle in accordance with his whims - in particular, he was known as a loving man and had several mistresses, and in the castle itself secret rooms and the same secret staircase were equipped. The owner of the castle decorated his dwelling with tapestries and paintings, beautiful furniture and curtains - all this was preserved and was not plundered either during the Great French Revolution or during the Vendee uprising. It is believed that the castle was helped by local residents who respected the merits of the marshal.
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