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Google Earth Plug-in: Usse castle

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It's a fairy tale castle that befits the tale of "Sleeping Beauty" by Charles Perrault marvelously. A strange kind of poetry emanates from this little jewel trimmed with machicolations, turrets and tall chimneys, with pointed roofs and dormer windows, all of this set into the backdrop of the Indre river and the Chinon forest. Indeed, the combination of such diverse styles as strict Classical, High Renaissance and ostentatious Gothic contribute to the magic of the building. At the transition between the medieval defensive style and the residential comfort offered by the Renaissance, this chateau was built in the 15th century on the former site of a fortress from the 12th century, by Jacques d'Espinay, Chamberlain to Louis XI and Charles VIII. Today, the chateau is private property.

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