Neanderthals, Gauls and Joan of arc
Neanderthal man and the Gauls have left their marks here, but it was particularly in the early 12th century that the city enjoyed its boom years, when the bridge was built over the Loire.
It has a lovely motto it has kept over the centuries: Manibus date lilia plenis, which could be translated by “give handfuls of flowers”!
The town was conquered by the English and then taken back by Joan of Arc. It was also the venue of several councils to resolve the marital misfortunes and misdeeds of the Kings of France in the Middle Ages. Today it is much more peaceful, however and counts among the “Loveliest Detours in France”.
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Situated in the Valley of Kings between Beauce and Sologne, this thousand-year old city is listed as one of the most beautiful places to visit in France and has retained all the charm of a prestigious, medieval city.
Undoubtedly one of the most impressive religious sites in Loiret. Built in the late 11th century, the Notre Dame abbey-church was reconstructed during the 17th century after several religious wars.
Such a magnificent façade is hard to ignore! With a balanced combination of Italian Renaissance architectural features and local traditions, this 16th century town hall sports a most elegant style.
This natural site offers, just a step from the city, a succession of colors, smells, forms, noises and atmospheres, since the natural or grazed meadows, by way of the afforestations and the fallow land to the wild, until the strikes of the Loire...