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Feb 03, 2014 06:20 |  #1

Hi all !

Further to my post https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1357922 called overlooking tower I would like to show you some pics of the castle this tower owns to.

Just a few words about this place: This castle is very important in french history because it has been successively occupied by English and French during the incessant wars between both countries in middle age, and it's in this castle that Joan of Arc met the king Charles VII, asking him to give her an army strong enough to free the city of Orléans. Then began the last years of the Hundred Years war.

I hope I will not be blamed because I use 2 successive posts ( 10 photos to be sent ) but really it's impossible to give you a right and complete vision of the castle in only 8 photos. 20 or 30 should not be enough...

The entrance of the fortress, called clock tower

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The courtyard and the royal lodgings
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The same place seen from the top of clock tower
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It only remains one wall of the room where Joan met Charles. It is said that Charles was standing near of this hearth while speaking with Joan.
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On the bridge to reach the other part of the castle called fort du Coudray
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The bridge over the deep moat and the tower called tour du Coudray
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At the foot of the tour du Coudray
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The "overlooking tower" called tour du moulin
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Feb 03, 2014 06:24 |  #2

Tour du moulin and view on the valley of river Vienne seen from the top of tour du Coudray

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The ramparts on the northern side of the castle
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Feb 03, 2014 09:17 |  #3

Thanks for the additional pictures. It is truly a massive layout. I especially like the one taken from the top of the clock tower.

It looks like you own the place since there isn't a tourist in sight.


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Feb 03, 2014 11:06 as a reply to  @ Jon Clemens's post |  #4

Thanks Jon for these comments.

It's tue that very often there is almost nobody on my pics.
It's because I always try to arrive at the opening of the places I visit, there is less people than a few later, and also I must confess that I consider dissonant people wearing shorts and coloured shirts in such medieval places.
That being said, it's not in my intention to ask them to wear an armor !!! :D
So, I wait, sometimes a long time, that they move off the frame...


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Feb 03, 2014 14:06 |  #5

Beautiful place with a great history. thanks for sharing.


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Feb 03, 2014 15:00 as a reply to  @ tewlman's post |  #6

You're welcome Tewlman !


Tomorrow (now it's too late here, it's about bedtime) I'll post some photos of the interior of the tour du Coudray.


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Feb 04, 2014 04:24 as a reply to  @ Dopey's post |  #7

Hi ! I'm back...;)

So, here are some photos inside the "tour du Coudray".
It was one of the strongest towers of the castle. Used to see and to survey all around the castle, but also to be the last refuge in case of siege.

Just as a reminder tour du Coudray is this one: Southern side / Northern side

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Once arrived at the top you find this place where is the entrance of the stairs which descend inside the tower. The door is a strong metal gate
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The first level you reach is this circular room
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There begins a narrow spiral staircase descending down and down
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A gap adjoined to a breathtakingly deep well
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And at the very bottom the last gate behind which it's forbidden to go
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It's forbidden to pass this gate because it's too much dangerous. You are there in the underground of the castle and there is a long and narrow tunnel digged in the rocks. It was built to be an exit to escape a siege.

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Feb 05, 2014 00:19 |  #8

Thanks. I'm a fan of Mark Twain's "Joan of Arc".


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Feb 05, 2014 00:57 as a reply to  @ tmcman's post |  #9

Thanks to you Tmcman !


It's a good historical novel, which respects the veracity of History contrary to many others which divert from the real facts.


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Feb 05, 2014 23:36 as a reply to  @ Dopey's post |  #10

A bronze of Joan of Arc in a nave at the Pittsburgh Cathedral.
If she stood up she'd be 2.5 meters tall.


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Feb 05, 2014 23:44 as a reply to  @ tmcman's post |  #11

Interesting ! Thanks a lot !!!

I also see on the left side some fleur-de-lis, symbol of french royalty.
Do you know why there is this statue in the Pittsburgh Cathedral ? There has been a french community, or it's more for the symbol Joan represents ?


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Feb 06, 2014 00:46 |  #12

The statue was commissioned by Cardinal John J. Wright, bishop of Pittsburgh from '59-'69. He was a devotee of St. Joan. When he died he left his Joan of Arc collection to the Boston Public LIbrary (his home town): 500 objects of art and 6000 books!


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Feb 06, 2014 01:29 as a reply to  @ tmcman's post |  #13

Many thanks for your answer Tmcman !


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Feb 06, 2014 06:05 |  #14

Very nice!


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