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TalcyTalcy, made famous by the love poems of Ronsard for Cassandre? The Château of Talcy clearly shows the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. From the outside, it has all the appearance of a fortress ? the 12th century château was rebuilt to preserve the mediaeval aspect, with a square dungeon and parapet walls ? whilst the inside reveals a charming and elegant manor, complete with a majestic courtyard ringed by a gallery of gracious arcades, and a well capped by a dome in carefully shaped slates. The building overlooks a large farm, testimony of the tradition of the country castles of long ago. It includes a large 16th century dovecote, an old wine press, a conservatory and vast landscaped orchard that has been restructured with wide paths lined with palisaded apple and pear trees. The Château was bought in 1517 by the rich Florentine banker, Bernard Salviati, financier of Francis I and father of the young Cassandre, whose name still haunts the poems of Ronsard, a gentleman poet born in the region. He met the young lady at a ball given by the King, Francis I, in the neighbouring Château of Blois. The famous sonnet "Mignonne, allons voir si la rose.." (My sweet, let us go to see if the rose?) was dedicated to her.

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Château de Talcy,
41370 Talcy

Autoroute A10 sortie Mer

Phone : (33) 02 54 81 03 01
Fax :(33) 02 54 81 02 80

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