Watertravel & Waterside Destinations Approaching Gien, the most striking feature is its famous bridge of 12 arches, commissioned by Anne of France.

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Gien, Central France

Approaching Gien, the most striking feature is its famous bridge of 12 arches, commissioned by Anne of France.

LouisXI was known as the Spider King for the web of intrigue that surrounded him. The chateau at Gien houses the International Museum of the Hunt. 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.

The 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.

Anne of France's chateau overlooking Gien now houses the International Museum of the Hunt.
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