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Les Andelys

The site of Les Andelys commands the Seine valley and the old highway linking Paris and Rouen. Its exceptional strategic value was appreciated by Richard the Lionheart, son of Henry II Plantagenet and Eleanor of Aquitane, Duke of Normandy as well as King of England. In 1196 he decided to break the agreement concluded at Louviers with the king of France and construct the mightiest fortress of the age (the Chateau Gaillard) to protect his possessions from French ambition.

 

While there are only ruins of the castle remaining today, the view from the hilltop is still spectacular.

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Taken on December 22, 2007