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Habitat

The built heritage in the territory boasts a collection of quite outstanding monuments that attract crowds of tourists every year – particularly to the Loire châteaux.

Mills, religious buildings and troglodytic dwellings also help to forge the territory's reputation, attesting to a rich past. But above all, the Park is endeavouring to protect and showcase the traditional Loire habitat. These different types of habitat show the widespread use of local stone: tuffeau and slate, which bestow upon homes in the Loire Valley an altogether unique architectural identity. To maintain these characteristics, the Park helps municipalities with regards to the development of guidelines of Local Urban Planning documents and to the thermal renovation of buildings. It also provides advice concerning eco-construction and local heritage restoration projects. All sorts of awareness-raising tools have been developed on the theme of habitat, such as the technical standard for tuffeau stone buildings, intended for households and builders alike.