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Chateau Montsoreau

The chateau, in the market town of Montsoreau, Maine-et-Loire, France, was constructed in 1455 by Jean de Chambes, a senior councilor to King Charles VII. Erected on the Loire river’s edge, it was a strategic fortress, controlling river traffic between Chinon and Saumur.

Alexander Dumas' novel La Dame de Montsoreau is based upon the amorous escapades of two ladies who occupied the chateau during the reign of King Henri III.

By the end of the 19th century, the chateau was abandoned and in near ruins. Having undergone extensive renovations, today it is owned by the Département and houses the Musée des Goums Marocains.

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