Most visits to Chateaudun will start with the castle. Although the chateau has existed here since the 12 th century, and part of the structure dates from that time. A great deal of modifications took place in the 15 th and the a6 th centuries. These transforded the chateau from having defensive role to being a more comfortable place for living in.
As a result the castle combines both medieval and renaissance styles with the round donjon, 31 metres tall and with a conical roof, being the main element from the earlier period. There are several noteworthy architectural features to admire, including two ornate external staircases facing the interior courtyard.
The gothic style chapel at Chateaudun castle is also well known for an important fresco it contains – a portrayal of the Final Judgement dating from the 15th century.
Standing some 60 metres above the Loir valley, the Château features a rare succession of medieval, Gothic and Renaissance architectural elements including two open staircases overlooking the courtyard. The beautifully preserved interior houses a fine collection of tapestries. The Gothic Sainte-Chapelle, built by Dunois, contains some outstanding sculpted statues.
A mediaeval kitchen garden has recently been laid out at the foot of the chateau, to illustrate how herbs and spices were used in the cuisine and medicines of the Middle Ages.
Château de Châteaudun
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