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Transcript of Château d'Ussé
Ussé is at the edge of the Chinon Forrest and over looked the Indre Valley
The fortress controlled passage way from Loire to
Ussé's defensive structure and beauty became the inpiration for Château de la Belle au bois dormant.
Ussé also played a part in the inpiration for the architecture of Cinderella's castle in Disney World
After the castle was bought in the 15th century by the Bueil family, it has been passed to the Espinay, to Valentinay, Duras, and finally to the Blacas Family. Ussé was built for the Buiel family who became known in the 100 years war. The 15th Century Castle In the 15th Century the Bueil family purchased the ruins of Ussé and rebuilt the castle. Antoine De Buiel sold the castle in 1485 to the Espinay family, it was Charles Espinay who built the famous chapel Antoine de Buiel, the man who sold the castle was married to Louis VII's daughter. 1807 to 1813, the Duchess of Duras lived at Usse.
In 1885 the Count de Blacas bought the home. Ussé was built first as a fortress and then remodeled over an over for the occupants. Ussé is known for being located at the edge of Chinon forrest overlooking the Indre Valley, surrounded by its beautiful gardens.
It's beauty can be captured by its white walls, and blue roofs. Ussé has dedicated its top floor for retelling the story of sleeping beauty. Ussé showcases grand rooms and halls with antiques and furnishings.
There are many beautiful tapestries.
There is also an exhibit of paintings is located on the first floor.
The Guard Room has a collection of Saracen arms which has been collected by the Blacas family. Usse has a very beautifully furnished king’s room
Ussé has bedchambers named after Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI which have 18th century furniture and wax models to show the clothes and customs of the times. The terraced gardens of Ussé were designed by Le Nôtre, creator of the gardens of Versailles. The construction of the garden began in 1664.
At the garden one can admire citrus, orange and lemon trees The chapel's architecture is an example of Gothic to Renaissance architecture. The chapel showcases sculpted facade with shells, rose windows and arabesques on the outside walls. One can also find the letters C and L for Charles d’Espinay and his wife, Lucrece de Pons.
Inside there is a statue of the Virgin Mary The chapel includes 17th Century Aubusson Tapestries The Upper Castle, retells story of sleeping beauty
Open to Public Open February 17 through March 31, and September 1 through November 11, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
The château is open until 7:00 pm from April 1 through June 30. From July 1 through August 31, it is open from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm
Château Ussé is closed November 12 through February 16.
Beware there are many stairs to climb
€12 for adults and €4 for children 8 to 16. Children under 8 are free.
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12001 S. Naperville Road, Plainfield, IL 60585 Chers Shania,
J'ai visité le château d'Ussé. Je me suis amusé beaucoup. D'abord j'ai fait une visite guidée. C'était magnifique . Et puis, j'ai fait un pique-nique C'était superbe. Aussi, je suis montée dans une tour. C'était assez bien. Finalement, J'ai assisté à un spectacle son et lumière! C'était sensass! Ça m'a beaucoup plu.