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The Royal Fortress of Chinon

A medieval Fortress into the third millennium





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After five years of restoration work on an unprecedented scale anywhere else in Europe, seeking to give the castle back the military splendour and cohesiveness that it enjoyed in bygone days, welcome to the 3rd millennium fortress!

The ultra-modern, interactive and enjoyable museum displays (sonorous benches, touch-sensitive screens, 3D models) - a first in Touraine - will guide you through this history-steeped site.



A bit of history

Located at the crossroads of the three provinces of Anjou, Poitou and Touraine, the rocky spur where the Royal Fortress of Chinon stands is a strategic area that was occupied and highly sought-after since ancient times.

A castle was built here no later than the 10th century. It was Henry II Plantagenet, Count of Anjou and King of England, who gave the fortress its current appearance. In 1205, after a long siege, the King of France Philippe Augustus gained control of the fortress and built the Coudray Keep.

In 1308, the site was the setting for a key event in the history of the Knights Templar. The Grand Master Jacques de Molay and some high dignitaries were imprisoned there before being sentenced and burned in Paris.


It was in 1429, during the Hundred Years’ War, when Charles VII’s legitimacy as the next king of France was impugned, that Joan of Arc came to meet him at the fortress in order to convince him to be crowned in Reims. This mythical encounter was an important turning point in the Hundred Years' War.

The fortress' decline began in the 17th century, with Cardinal Richelieu who owned it at the time. In 1808, the monument was given to the District Council (present-day Country Council) for free.


Visit the Fortress

Unique in Touraine, the modern, interactive and entertaining museum design and scenography greet you in this place steeped in history. Climb the steps of its numerous towers. During the show-tour of the royal lodges, immerse yourself in the site’s military and civil history and step into the shoes of the great characters who have left their imprint on the place.

Unaccompanied tours of the Fortress are possible with an interactive brochure available in French, English, Spanish and German.

You can also rent a tablet for an interactive tour : 3 €, free for the disabled

Free activity booklet for children (7-12) : “Being an archaeologist in a fortress, what’s that?”

Free guided tours in French or English every day at regular hours (subject to cancellation)

For groups, reservation is required, please contact the Fortress.


Prepare your interactive tour by downloading the app on Apple Store or Google Play.


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