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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chateau de Yevre le Chatel

Yèvre-le-Châtel is an old French commune, located in the department of Loiret, region Centre.

There are very few historical references of Yèvre-le-Châtel. It is known that it was religiously under control of the abbey of Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire. It seems that in the tenth century, the lord of the land (all lands at that time had a land lord that ruled and preyed the area) was a little more than a savage abuser. Called Baron Arnoul de Yèvre, the monks of Fleury, complained to King Hugues Capet (founder of the dynasty of French kings) of the abuses of the evildoer lord. And even his wife, Lucinde, complained. She, to forget the pains, based on the castle grounds a monastery, under the invocation of Saint-Gault, one of the saints whose relics were brought to Britain by the monks fleeing the Norman invasions. The chapel of the abbey is now the parish church of Yèvre-le-Châtel.

After the death of Baron Arnould (thank, God, for hearing our prayers), the king had to intervene several times to subdue and bring to heel the successors of the baron, probably as wild and rapacious as the greatest. Its final annexation to the crown of France happens probably about 1112, when King Louis VI, the Fat, forced the Viscount Foulques, to surrender Yèvre-le-Chatel, where he had assembled a powerful dominion, which was really a big problem, he could give us a coup, you know, best avoided. Seems that the castle was dismantled to avoid further inconveniences. Have a look to it on the photo above. It's a delicious experience to stroll around knowing the history. One feels that the guys are going to leave behind any wall asking you to subjugate to them. If you want to subjugate buy a dog, man.

By Wikimedia Commons

In 1200, King Philippe Auguste needed to fortify his kingdom and the castle was rebuilt in its entirety. Gilon du Tournel and Guillaume le Maréchal, known as the Best Knight in the World, took charge of the works. It was important because the castle was a strategic military position between the duchies of Orléans and Île-de-France, in the immense work of rebuilding their reign undertaken by Philippe Auguste. To do this, have the help of their knights was indispensable to the king.

During the Hundred Years War between France and England, Yèvre-le-Châtel was the only stronghold of the north of the Loire, with Montargis, not to fall into the hands of the English and Burgundians. It was the time of Joan of Arc and the captain of the place was Nicholas Giresme.

Towards the end of the fifteenth century, due to the strong progress of the artillery, the obsolete walls of Yèvre-le-Châtel lost importance as a bastion of defense and in 1610 was reported that the once famous castle, by whose control countless lives and resources were consumed, was already in ruins. It's the absolute nonsense that I can not understand about the wars. In 1637 the Civil Guard is transferred to Pithiviers but the real justice is still provided in Yèvre-le-Châtel until the arrival of the French Revolution. During this the town's name was changed to Yèvre-la-Patriote.

Wao, these French have a long story to tell about them. Full of extreme and terrifying situations. This is what I love to travel and known the history. Both must always go hand in hand. Visiting you evoke what happened and feel an indescribable pleasure. But returning to this century of Western peace, and hoping this for the Eastern, it's time to go. Easy. Being in Paris take a train from Gare de Châtelet–Les Halles (Metro Lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14) to Malesherbes. There is a train every hour using the RER network, line D. Be careful: there is also a Metro Station in Paris called Malesherbes. You are going to the Train Station of Malesherbes using the RER network, line D, from Châtelet–Les Halles. Beautiful photo in the link is from Marc Olivier Le Blanc. Being in Malesherbes you have to take a taxi. Trip is 20.2 km, about 22 min. We are here in Yèvre-le-Châtel. What a little but pretty town!

For a place to stay do not forget to book in advance. It's very important and never I will be tired to insist on this. Hotels and places to stay are very requested. Here at you will find many options in or close to Yèvre-le-Châtel. Select what you like and do not hesitate to book. If something goes wrong you will have plenty of time to cancel your reservation without paying a cent. It's a must to visit the Tourist Office. They always will have the most trusted and updated info about Yèvre-le-Châtel.

Places to visit

Le Château Fort de Yèvre-le-Châtel (The Fort Castle) goes hand by hand with its history. It was built in 988 during the reign of Hugues Capet, founder of the dynasty of the Kings of France. In 993 was destroyed by his son, Robert, is supposed to prevent its fall down in the hands of the English. In 1200 was built the current fort during the reign of Philippe Auguste. In 1357 it fall into British hands (Robert, you could not help this time). In 1562 it was occupied by the Huguenots. It is considered a historical monument and belongs to the community of Yèvre-le-Châtel. The group called Les Chevaliers Paladins held regularly on it remembrances of its golden age. If you have chance to go to one of these shows just do it. You will not regret.

L'église Saint-Gault founded in the eleventh century by Breton monks fleeing the invasion of Normans is located just below the backyard of the castle.

Photo by Wikimedia Foundation

Les vestiges de l'église Saint-Lubin: During the thirteenth century the inhabitants of Yèvre-le-Chatel got an authorization from bishop of Orleans to build a parish church in the grounds of the cemetery. And they were allowed despite they already had the church of Saint-Gault, some steps from the authorized. Work began. But filthy envy. The monks of Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire intervened and bishop overturned the decision. No more competition! Oh, my God, work had to be suspended. More people unemployed. During the hundred years war, work was resumed but the church was never completed, bad luck again. In fact, in 1708, the current bishop authorized the sale of the stone and the material that was still on the floor. Anyway, poor Saint-Lubin was never used, and ended in what is now, a heap of ruins, but precious because of its sad story.

Photo by Wikimedia Commons

La visite guidée du village: There is also a Village Tour as cheap as 5 euros. More information here.

Les Remparts: Yèvre-le-Chatel is a walled city. Do not forget that had many enemies who came to satisfy their baser instincts with the heritage of the village. Looting, theft, assault, rape, kidnapping. People had to defend himself. So the houses were made of stone and the city was surrounded by walls everywhere. Many disappeared with the coming of peace but we can still walk and enjoy them.

Photo by Les Plus Beaux Villages de France

L'église Sainte-Brigide: is a Roman Catholic church belonging to the diocese of Orleans. Was built in the twelfth century. It was listed a historical monument in October 1988. It's located in Yèvre-la-Ville, very close to Yèvre-le-Chatel.

Photo by Peter Potrowl

La vallée de la Rimarde: The river called Rimarde borns in the forest of Orleans composed of three streams: Rimarde, Petite Rimarde and Gournet. Flows and grows along the valley of Rimarde where it joins the Oeuf at the level of Aulnay-la-Rivière forming the Essonne, which will be, ultimately, tributary of the Seine. It is a quiet valley made ​​for rest and meditation. To rediscover ourselves. If you like sailing you can take a boat with your couple and sail the Rimarde to finally end in Île de la Cité, Paris, just in the Seine, emulating Christopher Columbus. I'm joking of course, but I don't see why not.

Photo by Forum Sara

Well my friends, that's all for today. But have before a complete list of the best restaurants in and close to Yèvre-le-Châtel according to RestoClub. Enjoy your meal. Au revoir!


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