Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

This is the Chateau d' Usse.

Please click here , it is worth it, to see the much larger, clearer details.

I chose this view as a first post to demonstrate just how strong and imposing it is, with its high walls and tall turrets. I paid more attention to character and composition than style details.

I hope to show you more of its style and features in a later post, for this chateau inspired the Disney Castles

The Château d'Ussé is located in the commune of Rigny-Ussé in the Indre-et-Loire département, in France.
The stronghold, at the edge of the Chinon forest overlooking the Indre Valley, was first fortified in the eleventh century by the Norman seigneur of Ussé, Gueldin de Saumur, who surrounded the fort with a palisade on a high terrace.

Later, the site passed to the Comte de Blois, who rebuilt in stone.

It has had many owners and had substantial changes, especially internally, when, in the seventeenth century Louis I de Valentinay, comptroller of the royal household, demolished the north range of buildings in order to open the interior court to the spectacular view over the parterre terrace, to a design ascribed to André Le Nôtre.

Now, it is a historic monument and though the family owners still live in the chateau, it is open to the public but, by all accounts, it is quite pricey!

Have a lovely day, Bev

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6060 W: 295 N: 13881] (55068)
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