From the Middle Ages until the last century, Tourangeau peasants lived in these troglodytic farms.

At this time, the peasants’ most valuable resource was their strength, and they used it to dig into the tufa slopes to create their living environment, quarrying this beautiful calcite stone which would be used for centuries in the construction of stately homes and castles of the Loire.

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In order to protect themselves from brigands and the devastation of war, the farmers dug a clever underground refuge, which uses some tricks that will astonish you!