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Val de LoireOn the trail of Francis I in the Loire Valley

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Fougères-<br>sur-BièvreOnly the last construction phase of this small mediaeval fortified castle, steeped in its terroir, is Renaissance. The little mediaeval fortress destroyed by the Hundred Years War was rebuilt from 1450 by three generations of Blois notables eager to show off their rise in society. From the courtyard, visitors can easily see the three successive stages of construction on the buildings which are still intact. The history of the castle begins at the beginning of the 15th century with Jeanne de Faverois. Recently ennobled, she undertook the construction of the major part of the house. At the end of the century, her son, Pierre de Refuge, obtained authorisation from Louis XI to fortify the castle. At the beginning of the 16th century, her grandson, Jean de Villebresme, chamberlain to the brother of Francis I, completed the Château by building an arcade gallery and adding decorative elements in pure Renaissance style. Fougères is the perfect illustration of building art steeped in the local traditions as to the choice of building materials and techniques.

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Château de Fougères-sur-Bièvre,
41120 Fougères-sur-Bièvre

Phone : 02 54 20 27 18
Fax :02 54 20 27 18

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