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Chateau d'Usse - The Chapel hidden by the old wall

A Chateau located in the commune of Rigny-Usse in the Indre-et-Loire department of France.


It was built on the site of a ruined castle of Usse in the mid 15th century under Charles VII of France.


It later inspired the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. It also inspired Walt Disney for his Disney castles (such as the ones at Disneyland and Disney World and the Disney studio logo)


You can barely even see it, but the Chapel is above the wall that is hiding it.


The chapel of the chateau, on the edge of the forest, is one of the finest examples of the transition from Gothic to Renaissance style architecture that can be seen in the region. The Gothic structure has Renaissance ornaments added to it. The facade and main gate are sumptuously decorated, and the interior of the building is as dignified as the outside. The most splendid work in the chateau is certainly the polychromatic terra cotta virgin by Luca Della Robia.


Was a bit hard to get the chapel what with the wall, and being down on the road.

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Taken on July 8, 2009