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Chateau de Combourg

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Address: 23 rue des Princes, Combourg, 35270
Tel: 00 33 (0)2 99 73 13 93
Opening Times: Contact Tourist Office (Number indicated) to check | Admission Charge

Chateau de Combourg really makes its presence felt on the small, lakeside town beside it.  The Chateau largely dates from the 14th and 15th-centuries and looks like a powerful fortress with massive turreted towers, crenellations, thick walls and narrow openings for windows/p>

The foundation of the Chateau dates back to 1016 and was the work of Junken, a Breton monk.  The first owners were the Du Guesclin family but later the castle was bought by the Comte de Chateaubriand in the 18th-century.  It was here that his brooding son, Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand (1768-1848), the prestigious author and diplomat spent his childhood days.  His memories of early childhood are described in his often amusing works, 'Memoires d'Outre-Tombe'.

The interior of the castle was largely destroyed after the Revolution in 1876 but was restored in the late 19th-century.  You can visit the chapel and Chateaubriand's bedroom complete with childhood furniture and early writings.

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