The Château du Lude is one of the many great châteaux of the Loire Valley in France. The chateau is situated in the commune of Le Lude in the Sarthe department in the region of Pays-de-la-Loire and stands at the crossroads of Anjou, Maine and Touraine. Le Lude is the most northerly chateau of the Loire Valley and one of the last important historical castles in France, still inhabited by the same family for the last 260 years. The château is testimony of four centuries of French architecture. A stronghold transformed into an elegant house during the Renaissance and the 18th century. The monument is located in the valley of le Loir. Its gardens have evolved throughout the centuries. It is a harmonious combination of French design and an English style landscape, with a rose garden, topiaries, a labyrinth and a botanical walk.
The original fortress was built between the 10th and 11th centuries on the banks of the river Loire in order to defend Anjou from the incursions of the Normans and then the English during the Hundred Years War.
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Pays de la Loire