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“Montsoreau Magic”

Chateau de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The only château in the Loire Valley built in the riverbed itself, the Château de Montsoreau was commissioned by Jean II de Chambes, a close advisor to King Charles VII, in 1450. Many famous figures have left their mark on its history, such as Mary, Queen of Scots, Anne of Brittany, Claude of France, Henry IV of France and Francis I. Its avant-garde architecture has inspired artists from Rodin to Turner and writers from Flaubert to Alexandre Dumas. Transformed into a contemporary art museum and opened in 2016, the Château de Montsoreau is a new art venue just two hours from Paris in the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage listed area. Stretching for more than 2,000 m², it boasts a permanent collection of artworks linked to the Art & Language movement, and is believed to be the world’s largest collection of works by this group of artists involved in the founding of Conceptual Art.
Reviewed August 7, 2014

Such a treat. We had the opportunity to take English friends to the chateau for the first time. They were mesmerised from start to finish. Literally just across from the edge of the Loire, the chateau has taken this wonderful river as its theme. We've been visiting regularly and it never fails to impress. Through clever use of lighting and sound effects, superbly crafted and presented scale models and film, visitors are given a history of the Loire up to the present day, the people who lived and worked on the river or alongside it, and the trades and produce associated with it. You need a couple of hours to go right round, including outside on the top, with a wonderful view across the Loire itself. Just a joy. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed June 30, 2014

You enter via the cellars where, inexplicably, the Prelude to Act 111 of Lohengrin by Richard Wagner is wafting through the sound system. Even more inexplicably it cuts off just before Parzifal gets his glimpse of the Grail and starts all over again! Through the Stygian gloom it is just possible to make out a variety of boats used to navigate the Loire in the past. Things improve a bit as you head towards the daylight with an interesting slide show about the architecture and prints of the Chateau in its heyday, showing the way it was impressively moated (but only when the river was in spate) by the Loire.

There is an intriguing light show of statues lit to indicate different fashions which is somewhat ruined by the clattering of ancient slide projectors changing slides. Come on, Commune de Montsoreau - time to wake up and smell the technology! Upstairs there are very large rooms for hire but I can't imagine they do a lot of business as they are presented rather as the refectories of impecunious British boys boarding schools of the Thirties. The views from the roof are spectacular and include the confluence of the Loire and the Vienne.

Apart from these 'attractions' the place is completely bare and one rather longs for the cuddly old National Trust approach which, at least, gives you some idea of the lives led in these old buildings as well as the opportunity to purchase something to eat and drink.

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Reviewed March 18, 2014

For those who want to sample some of the lesser known and less visited Chateaux of the Loire, Montsoreau offers a pleasant interlude,not in the least because you can explore the place on your own.
This is the area where Dumas' 'Dame de Montsoreau took place.
The river front still has a feudal aspect with the intriguing two-tiered dormers. In the courtyard,a beautiful octagonal Renaissance staircase,similar to one i saw in Blois,has delicious carvings and panelled pilasters,medallions and sculpted friezes.
Inside,the large rooms are bare,which explains why we are the sole inhabitants viewing this building. Got to love the history embedded around here.

1  Thank Eli B
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ChateaudeMontsoreau, Responsable relations clients at Chateau de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2014

Hi ShaSha B,

Thanks a lot for your interesting comment.
Indeed, inside it's like a modern exibition about the loire story and the history of the chateau, and of course the story of the lady of Monsoreau! She tells you her true story...

Hope that you enjoyed your holiday in Anjou area,
Best regards,

Aline

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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Standing so close to the river that it seems to be floating on it, that's the first impression you get. Made famous by the work of Alexandre Dumas:
"La Dame de Montsoreau". It was built in the 15th century. Overlooking the Loire, this chateau, half-fortress, half-residence is surrounded by deep moats fed by the Loire. It was a strategic fortress controlling river traffic between Chinon and Saumur.

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Reviewed October 18, 2013

We enjoyed the variety of Chateaux in the Loire and this was another quite different one. Outside it was a very typical chateau on the banks of the Loire.... beautiful! We were greeted by a very friendly young lady. the inside revealed displays of the life on the Loire in the past... hi tech light shows and beautifully mounted display cases of artefacts. Views from the turrets were spectacular.
The village is beautiful and the boulangerie did great sandwiches which we could eat on the banks of the loire.
Well worth a visit

Thank i_ward102
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ChateaudeMontsoreau, Responsable relations clients at Chateau de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

Hi IWard102,
Thanks a lot for your interesting comment.
Indeed, the château has an exceptional location,between the Loire and troglodyte cellars, vineyard and just between the beautiful cities of Saumur and Tours.
Hope that you enjoy your holiday in Anjou area,
Best regards,
Aline

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