Discover our cultural heritage

The Loire Valley is known internationally for the wealth of its heritage. It was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000 as cultural landscapes, a symbol of fruitful exchanges between man and his environment throughout the history of the region.

History lovers, we welcome you to the land of blue schist more commonly known as Slate. The intercommunal park located in our beautiful town of Juigné-sur-Loire is an old quarry slates which covers 27 hectares.

Open to the public, this ecosystem allows walkers, families and joggers to enjoy a moment of tranquility in a tormented area dominated by centuries-old hardwoods and conifers. The floristic diversity of the site is derived from the nature of the soil and specific microclimatic conditions. The mounds of schistous embankment store the heat and allow the development of a flora of the Mediterranean type (eg. Lebanon cedar, Corsican pine, moss and lichen …). The funds have turned into peatlands containing protected species or bogs inhabited by a diverse fauna.

History tells us that these open quarries were used for the construction of the Gallo-Roman road from Les Ponts-de-Cé to Juigné-sur-Loire. In the twelfth century, slate was extracted for the sizing of piles and stakes of vine, but also for the construction and coverage of more than 10 000 houses.

It has also been used in the construction and coverage of these other buildings: – 1348, reconstruction of the Beaufort-en-Vallée castle – 1367, repair of the castle of Angers – 1666, reconstruction of the city of London following the terrible fire that ravaged it

Exploited until the revolution, the deposits will only be able to extract, over time, only slates of insufficient quality.Therefore, stone was used to build walls until the end of the 19th century.

Want more? A hiking trail will take you to the left bank of the Loire. For the brave, we invite you to cross our vineyard and discover the evolution of the grapes during the year.


Highest castle in France, with its 7 floors and 204 rooms, the Château de Brissac deserves its nickname “Giant of the Loire Valley”. Acquired in 1502 by René de Cossé, first lord of Brissac, it is now the residence of the 13th Duke of Brissac. It remains open to visitors as there is a lot to contemplate.

Must see: – its 16th century chapel and its belle époque theater – its dazzling decor composed of golden ceilings, tapestries and precious furniture – its park offers magnificent views in the shade of ancient trees

Watch the vidéo “Survol du château de Brissac” et la visite virtuelle du château.

The castle is visitable only on guided tour. The Park is open to visit for a single ticket, or for a guided tour of the Château including the visit of the Castle Park. Picnicking is prohibited in the Castle Park, but there is a picnic area nearby.


Brissac Quincé 49320 BRISSAC LOIRE AUBANCE Tél. 02 41 91 22 21


Grounded on the foundations of an 11th and 12th century building, Montsabert Castle was built by the Laval family in the 13th century. In the 15th century, the castle became a fortress on the initiative of Bertrand du Guesclin to contain the English. The castle is then put to the taste of the Renaissance with the construction of the loggia, the elevation of the interior walls of the courtyard and the false balustrade. Late 17th century, the windows were enlarged, the orangery and the chapel built. The south rampart was razed to make way for a terrace with French gardens.


152, route de Montsabert Coutures 49320 BRISSAC-LOIRE-AUBANCE Tél.02 41 57 91 21

Founded in 929, the former Benedictine Priory of Saint-Rémy-la-Varenne was one of the richest in Anjou. Today, its remarkable and varied buildings are to be discovered during the visit: the Romanesque frescoes of the chapter house (XIIth century), the main house with its monumental fireplace of the Renaissance, carved and polychrome, recently restored, as well as the church Priory (10th-14th century). The Priory is also holds events during the summer season and fall. The association of Prieuré organizes each year the Estivales du Prieuré (concert evenings, night markets, discovery walks …), as well as educational activities for schoolchildren (environmental education and cultural heritage), and the great festival of Cucurbitaceae: the Hortomnales at the end of October, with the presentation of Cucurbitaceae specialties cultivated by the association.



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