Castle Charles VII

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Inside the Tower, four rooms contain a remarkable collection of archaeological objects, prints and miniature reproductions, which reflect the height of courtly life in the castle as well as daily life in the medieval town.
The beautiful cobalt blue floor tiles attributed as being the first "blue of France" are especially worthy of observation.
168 steps lead to the top of the Tower where an unexpected panorama of the surrounding countryside spreads out before the visitor. In the far distance, Saint-Etienne Cathedral of Bourges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site can be seen.
The remains of the castle surrounding the tower reveal all the stages of the construction of this exceptional site from the original castle, to the elegant residence remodeled by Duke Jean de Berry in the fourteenth century to its tragic fate in the nineteenth century.

Many famous historical characters were received at this site:
• The merchant Jacques Coeur, financier to Charles VII and head of a vast commercial empire. His palace in Bourges bears his name and has become a major tourist attraction.
• Joan of Arc who received royal favour in the form of recognition of nobility in 1429
• Agnès Sorel, whose beauty charmed the king and made her his favorite "official".


A visiter

Castle Charles VII

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Opening hours

  • March, April, October: open weekends and public holidays from 14h30 to 18h
  • May, June, September: open daily from 14h30 to 18h, closed on Mondays (except holidays)
  • July and August: open every day from 14:30 to 18:30

Entrance fee

  • Guided tour: 5,00 € per person (ticket includes entrance to the Porcelain Museum
  • Access to top of the tower : 1,00 € per person
  • Free for children up to 12 years