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Châteaux near Nantes

The Château of the Dukes of Brittany, the last château on the Loire before it joins the ocean, is surrounded by other interesting châteaux, such as the Château of Clisson, the medieval castle of Oudon, the Château of Châteaubriant and the Château of Groulaie!

Discover the history of the Château of Clisson and of the medieval Château of Oudon

The setting is Clisson, a little town with Italianate air shelters is home to the ruins of a château. Originally a typical fortress, in the 12th century it became the residence of the ducal family of Clisson. Explore the family's history among the remains which include murder-holes, embrasures and arrowslits.

A little further on, the medieval Château of Oudon stands on the banks of the Loire. The view from its roof across the valley of the royal river is magnificent. Inside, a show entitlted "La Loire au fil des siècles" ("The Loire over the centuries") combines sound effects, light, videos and virtual characters to provide an overview of the history of the river.

The Château of Châteaubriant and the Château of Groulaie: from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance

The Château de Châteaubriant is a typical example of the frequent mix of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Built on a rocky outcrop in the 11th century, it became a residential building in the 15th century under Françoise de Dinan, the governess of Anne of Brittany and Jean de Laval. Recently renovated, the keep is open to visitors.

Finally, don't forget to visit the Château of Groulaie at Blain and discover its rather turbulent history! Built between the end of the 11th and start of the 12th century, it became a vast fortress under its rich Breton lord, Olivier V, which later saw religious wars and revolutionary events. Here, visitors can admire the ramparts, residential building and towers which are still standing. From the 15th century, the castle lost its defensive purpose and became a more of a stately residence.