Montrésor... The very name of this village in Indre-et-Loire, reminiscent of the French for "my treasure", is promising. To start with, it enjoys a scenic location by the Indrois, where the river banks prove to be a very pleasant place for a walk. Then the village itself, where the narrow streets and half-timbered houses give it a unique charm. And what about the castle, built in the Middle Ages and later turned into a magnificent Renaissance edifice? Or the Gothic Collegiate Church of St. John the Baptist, containing several rare paintings from the 16th century? At the centre of the village, the Cardeux Hall with its Mansart roof was a centre for textile work. All of these buildings and the authenticity of Montrésor have earned it the Most Beautiful Villages of France label.
On summer nights, the village offers a sound and light trail, the Solar Nights (Les Nuits Solaires), to discover Montrésor in a new way.
Located in the Indre-et-Loire, in the heart of the region Centre-Loire Valley, Montrésor has a history that is intertwined with that of its castle built in the eleventh century. Moreover, it is to the latter that the village owes its reputation and to its medieval and Renaissance architecture, typical of this part of France.
Montrésor is located in the township of Loches, a small fifty kilometers from Tours, and thirty kilometers of Valençay, another great historical place in the region. The village is ideally placed for exploring the chateaux of the Loire and the various charming villages that surround the central region.
It is the Renaissance that brought honor to the Montrésor with a redesign of the castle and an important presence of the court of France. The latter was also a matter of years the property of Philippe d'Orleans, brother of Louis XIV. Today, the village Montrésor is fully focused on tourism, offering quality accommodation and an important historical and gastronomic heritage with two PDO cheeses like Touraine Sainte-Maure and Valencay, which seduce all visitors passage in the region.
Like many cities of Indre-et-Loire, Montrésor has a historical heritage of the richest, with monuments and other buildings of great beauty.
The main tourist attraction remains Montrésor its castle, whose original version dates from the eleventh century. Formerly dungeon Nerra Fulk and medieval fortress, Castle Montrésor today is a beautiful Renaissance home built by Imbert de Batarnay, high personage of the court of France. Restored in the late nineteenth century, the castle of Montrésor however experiencing a Second Empire influences, including his furniture and works of art. Since the late 1990s, the castle, common, its speakers and its gardens are on the list of Historical Monuments. The park deserves it lingers that with its orangery and beautiful sculptures of Costantino Corti and Julies Franceschi. It was completely refurbished in the second half of the nineteenth century, and today has some beautiful exotic species.
Not far from the castle Montrésor, the Cathedral Saint-Jean-Baptiste and the other jewel of the village. Founded in 1521 by the lord of Montrésor who wanted to make a family tomb, it is now regarded as a parish church. The architectural style is marked by the end of the Gothic period, and by the influence of the French Renaissance. It is now classified as an historic monument and hosts many cultural events.
Walking through the village, we see other ancient remains, like a house of the fifteenth century located directly above the village and listed historical monument, or the home of Chancellor Castle. Built in 1581, it became in 2015 the seat of the village hall and its facades and roof are listed historical monument.
Built in the seventeenth century and listed historical monument, the hall to wool does not lack charm. The ground floor houses the village market, while upstairs, temporary or permanent exhibitions Montrésor are proposed.
Also note the presence of the old chapel Saint-Roch, partially troglodyte, the two laundries downtown, or the massive yellow Turonian sandstone on which is built the castle which houses Montrésor cellars today or cave dwellings.
Ancient village full of history, still puts Montrésor this past honored with different cultural or historical events.
The Montrésor food market is held every Saturday morning from 8 am to 13h in the hall to wool.
The Solar Nights are offered every year in July and August visitors Montrésor. It is bright and musical entertainment on the banks of the Indrois and different dance facilities, board games or music.
In August, Montrésor organizes the festival legends, attracting several hundred people. On this occasion, amateur actors represent historical or legendary paintings in the most beautiful places in the village, and volunteer guides offer guided tours.
Also in August, offers Montrésor painters party, an opportunity to admire the works of local artists and learn about different pictorial arts.
- From 1 july to 31 august 2022
- What are Solar Nights? - Sound-activated light path on the banks of the Indrois river with projection of images on the facade of the castle, in Montrésor. - Montrésor has the label "Most Beautiful Villages in France". Every summer, the inhabitants of the village light up their garden, their house, with the means on board, competing in imagination... They invite you to stroll in the evening along the Balconies of the Indrois to discover Montrésor under another night… - Dozens of solar garlands float in the air, are reflected in the water and above, the village and its castle, simply beautiful, the only and unique actors of these Solar Nights…
- From 15 to 16 july 2022
- The opportunity to discover European countries and their different cultures. - Shows (dances, music, songs...) continuously, on-site catering with European flavors. - Friday from 18h to 23h and Saturday from 11h to 23h.