Gien, Central France
Approaching Gien, the
most striking feature is its
famous bridge of 12 arches, commissioned by Anne of France.
XI was known as the Spider
King for the web of intrigue that surrounded him.
He built a
château on a hill
overlooking Gien in the 15th century for his daughter, Anne de Beaujeu,
also known as Anne of France. It was she who commissioned the famous
bridge of 12
arches that spans the Loire at Gien.
château now houses the International Museum of Hunting,
which presents the evolution of hunting practices through paintings and
sculptures. From its position above the river, the chateau
offers a commanding
panoramic view of the area around Gien.
Camping nearby is
found on rue des Iris, Poilly-les-Gien: Camping
Touristique de Gien. The Tourist Office is on Place
Jean-Jaurès in central Gien.