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  • Writer's pictureDomaine de Champouteau

Vendôme, Town of art and history !

Vendôme… More than just a place !

An exceptional historical heritage enhanced by the arms of the Loir and nature…

Vendôme boasts a rich medieval heritage at the foot of a hillside bathed by the River Loir. The best way to explore the town is from the terrace of the Bourbon-Vendôme château, which offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Trinité abbey and the Rochambeau district. Then continue through the historic town centre, once surrounded by ramparts, of which several remains remain: the Porte Saint-Georges (decorated with medallions from the 16th century) and the Porte d'Eau (13th century). The Place Saint-Martin, at the foot of the old church of the same name, with its timber-framed houses, lives to the rhythm of the famous carillon of the bell tower under the protection of Rochambeau, hero of the American War of Independence.

There are 2 signposted ‘heritage’ walks to make sure you don't miss any of our monuments :  « In the heart of town » and « A stroll around the castle ». And if you want to discover the town in the evening, follow the lights on the night-time route...

Did you know that the Place Vendôme in Paris owes its name to the town of Vendôme?

It was so named because César de Vendôme, Duke of Vendôme and son of Henri IV, had a magnificent town house built on this site, which was at the heart of the great urban project conceived by Louis XIV. In the collective imagination, Vendôme is a square, but it is in fact much more than that. It's an area rich in innovative businesses, heritage, cultural dynamism, vineyards, gastronomy and craftspeople who can rightly claim a link with the famous Parisian square. All these players have been brought together in a network that forms the Vendôme brand.


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