Regardless of how you arrive here, Les Andelys is a lovely little town, and the climb to the Chateau Gaillard is worth the effort. From here, Richard the Lionheart controlled the Seine River as it flowed from Paris, with stakes and rocks strategically placed in the river, and from the commanding views of the river from the castle. Although the castle was "recycled" into other projects in the area, you can see the magesty of the site. Supposedly, Richard was the architech of the building, the influence of the Chateau was seen in castles in the insueing centuries. It was also supposed to be his favorite home.
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