Sunday, July 12, 2015

France's Haunted Chateau de Brissac

Located in Maine-et-Luire, Chateau de Brissac is the tallest castle in France.  It was built in the heart of the Loire Valley as a fortress by the Counts of Arjua in the 11th Century.  It has 204 rooms, numerous portrait galleries, a chapel and a private opera house which seats 200 people.  King Louis XIII dropped by in 1620.  The most active ghost is La Dame Verte (Green Lady), who was the victim of a double murder in the chateau in the 15th Century.  She is often seen in the tower room of the chapel, wearing her green dress, with gaping holes where her eyes and nose should be.  When not startling guests by her appearance, she can be heard moaning around the castle. The chateau is a popular hotel and conference center that hosts special events and tastings of the well-regarded wines produced from its own vineyards.  Guests who are brave enough to stay overnight, enjoy rooms lavishly decorated with period furniture.

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