Chateau de Gaillon, Gaillon

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The Château de Gaillon is a renaissance castle located in Gaillon, Normandy region of France.HistoryThe somewhat battered and denuded Château de Gaillon, begun in 1502 on ancient foundations was the summer archiepiscopal residence of Georges d'Amboise, Cardinal Archbishop of Rouen; he made of the old château-fort a palatial Early Renaissance structure of unparalleled luxury and magnificence, the most ambitious and significant French building project of its time. Isabella d'Este Gonzaga was kept abreast of its development from the Mantuan ambassador in France.When in 1498 his patron, the duc d'Orléans, acceded to the throne as Louis XII, d'Amboise, who had spent much time in northern Italy on diplomatic missions and had been viceroy in Milan in 1500, where he had met Leonardo da Vinci and other artists and humanists, was suddenly raised to the high position of cardinal and prime minister. He had access to the architect-engineer Fra Giocondo, who had been invited to France by the king, and to the Italian garden designer Pacello da Mercogliano. By 1508 Gaillon's splendid new ranges and gardens, one of the first Renaissance structures in France, were fit to receive Louis XII and his queen, Anne de Bretagne.
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  • Gaillon is not a well known town but the chateau is a remarkable Renaissance building the like of which you wouldn't expect to find in Normandy. The guided tour in French and English is interesting...  more »
  • We were so glad we decided to visit this chateau whilst staying nearby. At a very reasonable 4Euros each entry and a leaflet in English, we spent a lovely hour or so wandering and taking in the...  more »
  • They guide it to her in English was fabulous. The lady was very helpful and very interesting. There are 77 steps to climb however. There is a disabled toilet and there are amps around to help those in need but they will not have a lift until 2020. Well worth the €6 entrance fee
  • renewed.. good place

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