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Tuffeau, the emblematic stone of the Loire banks

There are villages and little streets built entirely from tuffeau stone galore in this region, where the stone has been used since the 12th century in construction. Its softness was greatly appreciated for making sculptures. But what is sure to take visitors most by surprise are the troglodytic cellars, hollowed out in the hillsides. Once used for extraction, some have now been turned into mushroom beds! Today's many enthusiasts have chosen to make their home in them, or convert them into holiday gîtes.