In between are several halls and rooms with nice furniture and gigantic tapestries. I don’t know about the authenticity of the furniture though, as someone once told me that most of the castles were plundered and ravaged during and shortly after the French revolution in 1789.
One of the rare rooms where the shutters aren't closed.
Compared to the other châteaux where the shutters, and in summer even the windows, are wide open, the rooms at Langeais are often darkened. During the course of the visit I recognized several items or decors, which confirmed that I had visited the castle before. In one of the halls there is a ‘mise-en-scène’ with dummies representing the young king Charles VIII and his wife-to-be, Anne of Brittany. An ‘off-screen’ voice explains how the marriage between the two young people was arranged.
In a side room there is a very nice china cabinet with artful and unique pieces of porcelain, while another room is completely dedicated to religious medieval art. On the top floor the walls are covered from ceiling to floor in tapestries depicting the great legendary kings, such as King Arthur.
A bird's view of the village of Langeais.
The best part, however, is the ‘Chemin de ronde’. This circular gallery is located on top of the ramparts. It offers a splendid view of the surrounding countryside and the nearby suspended bridge and a bird’s view of the village. In the old days the ‘Chemin’ was used by the guards to overview the area and defend the castle in case of an attack.
'Chemin de ronde' or 'Rampart Walk'.
Today the glassless windows are covered with chicken wire to stop people from climbing or falling out. It therefore isn’t always easy to make a good photo from up there as you have to squeeze the lens of your camera through one of the tiny holes, which doesn’t always allow you to point it in the most attractive angle. However, I think I didn't do too bad with this photo of the suspended bridge.
By the time we had finished the tour it was almost noon. On our way to the car park we stopped at the local bakery to buy a baguette for our evening picnic. But first I had a special lunch in store in the pretty little village of Crissay-sur-Manse.