Castle at Saumur
From the outside, my only view, you could see the scale and progress of the restoration work. Massive job but, in most of Europe they take pride in the symbols of their history - thankfully for travelers like me.
After the settlement of Saumur was sacked in 845 the Château de Saumur was constructed to protect the Loire river crossing from further Norman attacks . The castle, destroyed in 1067 and inherited by the House of Plantagenet, was rebuilt by Henry II of England in the later 12th century. It changed hands several times between Anjou and France until 1589.
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