Visit many castles and buildings in and around Gien! Different styles, different eras for a busy stay!
The château marks the entrance to the famous Valley of Kings and is the starting point of the Road to Compostela. Created by Anne de Beaujeu at the end of the 15th century, it houses the Museum of Hunting which includes one of the largest hunting art collections in Europe.
The museum provides a sample of 19th and 20th century pottery production, in addition to more recent items.
Experience the battles of a besieged village in the moats of this ancient medieval fortress transformed into a 16th century manor house. At their posts, the soldiers load up the cerbatanes, mangonels, couillards and trebuchets for live firing of balls: a unique demonstration of these machines.
Corks, canes, gigs, Japanese stamps, sculptures, encyclopedia plates, fishing books... and even a 350-million year old coelacanth! The so-called "fishermen's château" (17th century) contains a unique collection of works of art on fresh-water fishing from the 16th to the 19th century.
Majestic, grand and bold: this is one of the true jewels of Loiret! A medieval fortress built in the 14th century in extensive grounds. Surrounded by moats overlooking the Loire, the château invites you to come and discover the life of Maximilien de Béthune.
Roman basilica (11th-13th century) containing the relics of Saint Benoit, the patron of Europe. Upon entering the church tower which precedes the nave, twelve ornamented capitals reveal Roman art treasures, an entrance created using magnificent raw materials.
Sheltered by a coppice of tamarix, this 9th century Carolingian oratory was restored in the 19th century and is a truly remarkable Christian sanctuary. The centre of the structure is adorned with a 9th century, mosaic cul-de-four representing the Ark of the Covenant.
Do you dream of life in a château? Well now's your chance to experience it. Visit each of the rooms, try the antique bench seat, try your hand at billiards, feel free to touch objects without fear of being reprimanded by an attendant.