Château de Chinon is located on the banks of the Vienne River in Chinon, France. It was built by Theobald I, count of Blois. In the 11th century, it fell under the property of the counts of Anjou. Legend has it that several members of the Knights Templar were imprisoned here under the order of Philip IV during the 14th century. In the 16th century, the Château de Chinon became a prison until it fell into decay. The French government spent 14 million euros in restoring the Château de Chinon in the early 2000’s. Explore the history of Chinon and stay in one of these fine hotels and vacation rentals near the chateau.