Musée Le Carroi


Refurbished in 2018, this museum features exhibits on the art and archaeology of Chinon and its environs as well as contemporary art, displayed in the turreted, 14th- to 16th-century États-Généraux (States-General) building.

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1. Cité Médiévale

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François Rabelais (c 1494–1553), whose works include the Gargantua and Pantagruel series, spent part of his childhood in Chinon; you’ll see Rabelais…

2. Hôtel du Gouverneur

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This impressive, 17th-century town house has a double-horseshoe staircase you can see from the street through a carved gateway.

3. Palais du Bailliage

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The Gothic Palais du Bailliage was once the residence of Chinon’s bailiwick. Now houses a seasonal hotel.

4. Forteresse Royale de Chinon

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Surrounded by massive walls, this hilltop castle – offering fabulous views across town, river and countryside – is split into three sections separated by…

5. Chapelle Ste-Radegonde

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Built into a cave above and 500m east of town, this half-ruined Romanesque chapel – constructed around the tomb of a 6th-century hermit – is noteworthy…

6. Musée Rabelais

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La Devinière, the prosperous farm where François Rabelais (1483 or 1494–1553) – doctor, Franciscan friar, theoretician, author and all-around Renaissance…

7. Château d’Ussé

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The creamy white towers and slate roofs of the Château d’Ussé offer sweeping views across the flat Loire countryside, the flood-prone Indre River and…

8. Collégiale St-Martin

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This soaring, crenellated village church, built in the Gothic style from 1175 to 1240, venerates the spot where St Martin died in 397 and was buried for a…