the endless round of tools

Unique collection of tools from more than 2 centuries, for wood, stone and iron, each time exhibited in family and in their environment. They were used to build castles and cathedra...

Bernard di Marzio

Unique collection of tools from more than 2 centuries, for wood, stone and iron, each time exhibited in family and in their environment. They were used to build castles and cathedrals. All our culture and our past!

About the venue

Manoir de Launay 49400 Villebernier
  • Château, hôtel urbain, palais, manoir
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  • Monument historique

On either side of a small manor house which he acquired in 1444, René d'Anjou developed between 1447 and 1459 an S-shaped building whose North part, equipped with an entrance chatelet and two corner towers is dedicated to the apartments of the received lords and the South courtyard to the royal home. Despite its defensive aspect (moat walls, loopholes, fortified entrance), the castle is characteristic of the «manors in the countryside» of King René: silhouette very cut out but simple architectural volumes of the exterior facades; refinement and comfort of the interior spaces (large windows, numerous fireplaces), where the decoration is still Gothic flamboyant (chapel). Like Baugé, Launay owned a pleasure garden.

Access: 4 km from Saumur, right bank towards Tours, signposted from and after the second Saumur bridge, 49400 Villebernier

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