Château de Châteaudun

The Château de Châteaudun is a castle located in the town of Châteaudun in the French département of Eure-et-Loir.


The castle was built between the 12th and 16th centuries.

The Count of Blois Thibaut V had the keep built around 1170. The Sainte-Chapelle was built between 1451 and 1493. The choir and the high chapel were built between 1451 and 1454, with the nave and the oratory between 1460 and 1464.

Jehan de Dunois, the bâtard d'Orléans (Bastard of Orléans), built the west wing (the "aile Dunois") between 1459 and 1468.

The bell tower was erected in 1493.

François I of Orléans-Longueville began construction of the north wing (the "aile Longueville") between 1469 and 1491. The upper floors were added by François II d'Orléans-Longueville and his descendants during the first quarter of the 16th century.


The castle includes:

  • a keep, 31m (~100 ft) high and 17m (~59 ft) in diameter
  • a chapel (Sainte-Chapelle)
  • the Dunois wing
  • the Longueville wing

The château overlooks the Loir river. Perched on a limestone outcrop, it shows its origins as a 12th century fortress. Converted during the Renaissance into a comfortable residence, the main body of the building is roofed in the gothic style. It still has, notably, a finely carved staircase from this period.

Renovated since the 1930s, the castle has been classed as a historic monument (monument historique) since 1918.