The castle (Château de Carrouges) started off in the 14th century as a stronghold during the Hundred Years’ War . It became a lordly residence in the 15th century and in the 16th century a gatehouse tower was added, considered to be the first example of Renaissance architecture in Normandy. It was refortified during the French Wars of Religion, before its role as a prestigious residence was reaffirmed in the late 16th century with the construction of two ‘classical’ wings and associated staircases designed by the architect François Gabriel. The castle still has its original furniture dating from the Renaissance.
Museum: Carrouges Castle
Address: Château de Carrouges