Name: Chateau of Usse
The Chateau of Usse, an extremely old
fortress was reconstructed in the 15th C (1485). From 1807 to 1813 Usse was the
home of the Duchess of Duras, Chateaubriand's friend.
|Amanda, 13, from Texas, wrote:
| Usse was changed from a fortress
(drawbridge, towers, and battlements) in the 17th century when main
building at the north was destroyed, giving a beautiful view of the
Loire, and terraces. Charles Perrault took the inspiration from Usse
(the chateau of dreams) when writing "Sleeping Beauty."
Usse has a chapel on the edge of the forest. The chapel is a
Gothic to Renaissance style architecture that can be seen in this region
| Crystal Steward, 16, from
Southern USA, wrote:
|The Usse is located in the edge of the
Chinon forest overlooking the Indre Valley. It was built in the 15-16th
century. Also, it is styled after Medieval Renaissance architecture and
is made of 3 main buildings.
|Niki Suter, 15, from Australia, wrote:
| Chateau D' Ussee is the castle
also known as sleeping beauty's castle. This dazzling masterpiece stands
impressively over the Indre Valley. It is situated on 12 hectares (the castle itself is 600meters
squared)1200 miles south of Paris. D'Ussee is well known for the Kings
gardens which were designed by Le Notre and for its dramatic spiral staircase.
Visiting the chateau D'Ussee is a breath taking experience. Its
romanticism will have every visitor wanting more.
|Matt Cowley, 25, from SLC, Utah, USA, wrote:
| Usse is a beautiful, well kept castle set against a
beautiful wooded hill. Called "Sleeping Beauty's" castle, it
is filled with scenes from the fairy tale. Although much of it is
closed, the tour does let you see all of the integral parts, form the
kitchens to the turrets
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