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July 15th, 2009
Saint-Porchaire 170387 17250
Charente-Maritime Charentes-Poitou
45.823 -0.785 21 m

The "Sleeping Beauty Castle", Saint-Porchaire.
"Le Chateau de la Belle-au-Bois-Dormant" in french.

Roche Courbon castle , "Le Chateau de la Belle-au-Bois-Dormant" according to writer PIERRE LOTI, academician on May 21st, 1891.

One sight. 2 images.
Boats were named or are named PIERRE LOTI, like the ferry from Fouras to Île-d'Aix. July 22th, 2004.

The castle was built at the 15th century, on banks of Bruant river, tributary of Charente, and was deeply altered at the 17th century.

It is Jehan of LATOUR which made build around 1475, a defensive castle equipped with 4 powerful towers and a massive keep.
Jean-Louis of COURBON, transforms at the 17th century the castle of military architecture, in residence surrounded by French gardens.

The castle which was not sold like national good with the French revolution, is sold with the biddings by a heiress of the COURBON in 1817.
The hundreds of hectares of forest will then be transformed into charcoal, while the castle is left with the abandonment until the beginning of the 20th century.

It is thanks to a call in the newspaper Le Figaro of October 21st, 1908, of Julien Viaud, known as PIERRE LOTI, for whom the field was a place of walk of his youth, that in 1920 Paul Chénereau (1869-1967), fortunate child of the country, acquires the Roche Courbon, and makes reappear of 1928 to 1939, the gardens and the castle.
The whole will be classified with the historic buildings on September 17th, 1946.

Louis Marie Julien Viaud, is a French writer whose pen name becomes PIERRE LOTI in 1876. Born in Rochefort on January 14th, 1850, died in Hendaye on June 10th, 1923, buried in the island of Oléron.

He wrote inter alia the book "Le Château de la Belle-au-Bois-Dormant", appeared in 1910, inspired of the castle and the forest of the Roche Courbon, and by his discovery of the carnal shivers.
For reading on line "Le Chateau de la Belle-au-Bois-Dormant", in french.

Saint-Porchaire is a french commune, located in the department of the Charente-Maritime of the Poitou-Charentes area, populated of 1335 Saint-Porcherois, divided on 17 km², that is to say 77 hab./km².

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