The dungeon at Montbazon just south of Tours is claimed to
be what remains of the oldest castle in France. Built by our
old friend, the prolific builder of fortifications, Folk Nerra Count of Anjou ( 970-1040 ) as one of his strategic
defences against his arch enemies the counts of Blois.
We unfortunately chose too early in the season to visit
inside but even just walking around the exterior gives you
the feeling of times gone by.
There is a huge statue of the Virgin
Mary dominating the structure, somewhat out of
place, added in 1866. It does however draw your eye!
The restoration of the site is down to the extraordinary
commitment of its current owners. You can read their story
and see more detail of the castle
and its opening times at
their official website below: