In a remarkable site in the valley of the Loir, LAVARDIN,
a flowered village, huddles at the foot of the splendid ruins
of its chateau. One reaches it by a beautiful gothic bridge with
LAVARDIN? A tender and vigorous dream in rock.
The village that the Romans called LABRICINUM, LAVARZINUM,
existed prior to recorded history and the Gaules made their weapons
there. Christianity was implanted here and left us two shrines,
St. Gildéric which became St. Martin and St. Genest which
is today the parish church.
The Mérovingiens left us some sarcophagus, and beginning
in the 10th century, lords bedecked in steel took over the chateau.
The troops of Henry IV made a ruin of it. But what a ruin! One
can still admire it, as well as the ancient houses and the cool
LAVARDIN, recently admitted by the Association of the Most
Beautiful Villages of France, is also the cradle of the "chouine",
a card game typical of the valley of the Loir.