Impressive, majestic, imposing... These are the adjectives used to describe the Château de Vitré, a true medieval masterpiece. Its singular silhouette, perched on a schist promontory, dominates the city from the top of its majestic towers and turrets. Surprise and amazement guaranteed.

The year 1000: the founding of the Château de Vitré

In the Middle Ages, Vitré benefited from a strategic location at the gates of the Duchy of Brittany to protect themselves from neighboring principalities, Normandy, Maine and Anjou. At the beginning of the year 1060, a feudal mound stood on the site of the current Sainte-Croix church. In the years 1070-XNUMX, Robert I built a first stone castle on the current rocky promontory. The novel portal of this first fortress is still visible in the courtyard of the castle.

From defensive castle to residential castle

During the first half of the 13th centuryrd century André III, Baron de Vitré, around the first castle, construction of the current fortress began on a triangular plan, flanked by circular towers at each corner and semi-circular towers on the curtain walls. The defensive function of the castle is thus reinforced.

Fortified over time, the latter will be equipped with all the characteristics of the fortified castle: machicolations, drawbridge, parapet walk, gunner archers… Two centuries later (late 14thrd / early 15th centuryrd century), the construction of the entrance gatehouse and the raising of the Saint-Laurent Tower and the Madeleine Tower give the fortress the silhouette it still has today.

During the XVrd century, the defensive fortress gradually gave way to a stately residence very comfortable. Jeanne de Laval-Châtillon, wife of Guy XII, even had a steam room made… to practice the sauna! The embellishments will be continued by Guy XV which notably includes open galleries on the ground floor attached to the reconstructed northwest dwelling to facilitate circulation in the fortress. During the first half of the 16th centuryrd century the tower of the Oratory is decorated with a very beautiful style aedicula Renaissance which serves as an apse for the seigniorial chapel.

The castle of Vitré today

The second half of the XNUMXth century and the wars of religion marked the beginning of a period of decline for the Château de Vitré. Abandoned in the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, confiscated as national property during the Revolution, it was partly transformed into a prison at the XNUMXth century.

Finally, in 1872, the Château de Vitré was one of the first buildings to be classified Historical Monument. From that date, it benefited from several restoration campaigns before experiencing a new lease of life with the opening in 1877 of the Castle Museum.

The latter today offers a route through the Saint-Laurent tower, the Argenterie tower and the Oratory tower with eight rooms that will transport you from the XNUMXth to the XNUMXth century among statues, furniture, clothing and portraits. At the beginning of the XNUMXth century, the town hall of Vitré settled in a neo-Gothic style building restoring the old stately home of the XNUMXth century.

It's your turn, let yourself be enchanted by the Château de Vitré and its silhouette that seems to come straight out of a fairy tale.

Tips: the best points of view to photograph the Château de Vitré

- Since the castle square : to be impressed by his greatness
- Since the station footbridge : to enjoy a view encompassing the castle and the roofs of the historic center
- Since the Lavandières' meadow : for a unique low angle view of the castle, the Madeleine tower and the Montafilant tower

Also to do: prolong the pleasure having a drink on the castle square or in the surrounding streets in the historic center.

Visit the Castle and its museum

Guided tour of the exteriors of the Château de Vitré (duration: 45 min) :
Visits by guide-lecturers included in the price of the museum entrance ticket.
> Every day from May to September à 11 h, 14h et 16 h.
> All School holidays et weekends from February to April et from October to December à 14h et 15h.

Summer discovery tour “From the castle of the barons to the city of merchants” (duration: 1h30) :
Paid visits not included in the price of the museum entrance ticket. Tickets to be collected at the museum reception.
> Every day in July and August at 15 p.m..

Contact their team

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Château de Vitré and its museum
5 place du Château
35500 Vitreous

02 99 75 04 54

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Entrance ticket prices

Type Price
Basic price – Adult Full price 7 €
Child rate 4 €
Reduced price 4 €
Basic price – Adult Full price 11 €
Free
Basic price – Adult Full price: €7,00 Child rate: € 4,00 Reduced price: 4,00 € Basic price – Adult Full price: €11,00

Opening hours of the Château de Vitré and its museum

From July 01 to August 31
Monday Open from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
Wednesday Open from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
Thursday Open from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
Friday Open from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
From September 01 to September 30
Monday Open from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. and from 30 p.m. to 14 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. and from 30 p.m. to 14 p.m.
Wednesday Open from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. and from 30 p.m. to 14 p.m.
Thursday Open from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. and from 30 p.m. to 14 p.m.
Friday Open from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. and from 30 p.m. to 14 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. and from 30 p.m. to 14 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. and from 30 p.m. to 14 p.m.
From October 01 to December 31
Monday Open from 10 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Wednesday Open from 10 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Thursday Open from 10 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Friday Open from 10 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Saturday Open from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Sunday Open from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Château de Vitré
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