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Domaine de Suscinio, Sarzeau

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The Château de Suscinio or de Susinio is a French castle, built in the late Middle Ages, to be the residence of the Dukes of Brittany. It is located in the commune of Sarzeau in the département of Morbihan, near the coast of the Atlantic ocean. The spectacular site comprises the moated castle, a ruined chapel, a dovecote, and a few ruined outbuildings.HistoryDesigned to be a place of leisure, between the seaside and a forest full of game for hunting, the castle's first logis seigneurial dates from the beginning of the 13th century.The castle was fortified and enlarged, at the end of the 14th century, when the heirs of the duchy had to fight to keep their assets, after the castle was taken by Bertrand du Guesclin, the infamous Constable of France. John V and John VI constructed a new seigniorial residence block with a large, new corner tower known as the Tour Neuve. A casemate was added at the end of 15th century to protect artillery pieces.Suscinio and the Wars of the RosesFrom 1471 to 1483, the castle housed Jasper Tudor, Henry Tudor (later King Henry VII of England), and the core of their group of exiled Lancastrians, numbering about 500 by 1483. Since the castle could only house some 100 persons, the rest must have been billeted close about, in Kermoizin and other villages nearby.
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  • Thoroughly enjoyed the the displays in the many rooms within the castle which proved popular with both adults and children. Great views of the surrounding countryside and coastline form castle... 
    Thoroughly enjoyed the the displays in the many rooms within the castle which proved popular with both adults and children. Great views of the surrounding countryside and coastline form castle...  more »
  • A great place to visit in the summer as more activities are offered for families. The nature surrounding the castle for walking is pleasant. 
    A great place to visit in the summer as more activities are offered for families. The nature surrounding the castle for walking is pleasant.  more »
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  • A beautiful castle. With great activities outside for the whole family, from games to kite decorations as well as cross bow lessons. My son loved decorating his kite. Thank you to Pascal for warning us that part of the exhibit portion may scare our 2 year old, he was right.
  • A great place to visit, we found it really enjoyable. Lots of history and things to read and watch. It's also very suitable for kids, there are all kinds of things they can do, even shoot a crossbow (age 4-6 and 7+) - which is very fun for adults as well ;-). If you're near, certainly visit this castle, it'll be worth it.

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