Old Chinon : Michelin's recommendations
You can see the remains of timber-framed Medieval houses while roaming Chinon's alleys, notably in Rue Voltaire or Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The Grand Carroi was the town centre in Medieval times. The most interesting sights are pretty houses such as the Maison Rouge (14C), Hôtel des États généraux (15C and 16C) or Hôtel du Gouvernement (17C). Chinon would not be Chinon if, since Rabelais' time, the famous Caves-Painctes did not exist. It is here that the writer described as the place where Pantagruel came to quench his thirst. These quarries cut into the hillside were once adorned by wall paintings. During your tour, you can visit churchs like St. Étienne, with a magnificent Flamboyant Gothic portal and St. Mexme, from the 10C and 11C. Finally, the St. Radegonde Chapel with its fine Romanesque portal. It is here that Radegonde, wife of King Clotaire I, came to see the hermit that lived on this site, in order to seek advice about founding the St. Croix monastery in Poitiers. The hermit's cell was later converted into a chapel.
- Address : pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle F - 37500 Chinon37500Chinon
- Prices : free of charge