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Transcript of Castle Usse
For and by whom was this Chateau built?
After you know all of these interesting facts about Chateau Usse you might want to visit!
THE END! And thank you for listening!!! -Chanel de Smet
Location and how to Visit
The Château d'Ussé is located in the commune of Rigny-Ussé in the Indre-et-Loire departement, in France
You can visit from February through November, it costs about 14 Euros which is 19.37 US Dollars.
The castle of Usse was built for the Buiel family in the late 15th century. Their family needed a home for their new rank in society since they were successful in the "hundred years' war". The Buiel family didn't stay for long. But Antoine De Buiel, the husband of Louis VI daughter, sold the castle in 1485 to Charles. Many improvements to this castle were made by Charles. In 1885 the Count de Blacas bought Chateau Usse, and still today his descendants live there.
Period 3 Mrs Harter
Monday, April 28, 2014
Chanel de Smet
The Chateau Usse has some interesting history, let's read about this interesting castle!
History of the Chateau
What was happening during the construction of Chateau Usse?
France in the 15th Century
Compared to the other castles of the Loire Valley, the Usse has a very interesting history. It was built on the foundation of an 11th century fortress. Because of its beautiful and mysterious looks, it is believed that Charles Perrault- a french author who wrote many famous stories like, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, Donkey Skin, Maleficent, About Red Cap, Ever After, Little Red Riding Hood, and Bluebeard- based one of his stories on this castle. This famous story, “Sleeping Beauty,” was based on Chateau Usse. Of the structure Perrault wrote,
“Chateau de la Belle au bois dormant.
” This translates to “The Caste of the Sleeping Beauty.” This is one of eleven fairy tales he wrote in a collection called, “
Les Contes de ma mere l’Oye.
” This means “Tales of the Mother Goose.”
In the 15th century in France not a lot of good things were happening. The Hundred Years' War between France and England. The monarch of France, Charles VI and the monarch of England, Henry V were in a fight over the fiefs of France. They have a lot of battles, and when they both died, their sons took over the throne and continued to battle against each other. This started in 1415 and lasted for about 100 years.
These are some fun facts about the Chateau Usse
The castle played another part in history when it stood as a model for the design of Disney’s famous Cinderella’s Castle in Disney World. Designers used this and other castles of the Loire Valley. Looking at a picture of the two, it is easy to see the similarities between the them. The castle in Disneyland looks very similar to a lot of castles in the loire valley.
Chateau Usse's size is very big! It's about 11000 square foot! It has many huge rooms, including a lot of antiques. There is also a display of tapestries, some done by Teniers the Younger. There is also some of Charles Perrault’s original manuscripts on display. The Guard Room has a collection of Saracen arms which has been collected by the Blacas family.
Some interesting features of landscape surrounding the Chateau Usse is the sleeping beauty castle. These castles are really close to each other, it's a ten minute walk. The sleeping beauty castle is based on the Chateau Usse.