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The chateau is built on an island in the River Indre and is one of the chateaux of the Loire valley. It is not the largest of the chateaux by any means but to my eye it is the most refined although I don't mean to imply anything derogatory about the others. It was and is not a royal house and is now owned by the Republic of France. A lot of money has obviously been spent in restoring the chateau and work is ongoing. The chateau was a long time in the building and is not finished to its original design with only two of the four intended wings having been built.
There is quite a lot of period furniture on display in the chateau which has been sensitively restored. There is also a very interesting collection of Victorian type clockwork automaton although they are mostly powered by electricity now. We thouroughly recommend a visit even though the chateau is not on the most popular tourist lists.
There has been a church on the site of the cathedral since Anglo Saxon times. During the reign of Archbishop Dunstan (960 to 988 AD) a Benedictine abbey was attached to the church.
The cathedral has received a lot of damage at various times through its history by fire. One of the worst events being in 1067, one year after the Norman conquest.
A great deal of damage was done to the church stained windows and statues of saints by the Puritans in 1643. This is gradually being replaced and repaired even up to today.
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