Saumur Castle, France

 

The Saumur Castle was built in the eleventh century and is located in the Loire Valley. Its Gothic style makes it one of the most representative castles in the area. It has been used as a fortress, as a residence for governors and even as a prison; until 1906 when it was bought by the French state through the Saumur City Council and, after a long rehabilitation, it was adapted to house a museum, a use that continues until today. Kalam’s team restored the slate roof, with interspersed Gothic style pinnacles, and recovered the zinc elements and finials. The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 2000.