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posted 01-22-2004 04:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hfitzger   Click Here to Email hfitzger     Edit/Delete Message
I am currently doing research on medieval castles, and have a question that I cannot find an answer to...

When touring chateaux in the Loire Valley in high school, I seem to remember the tour guide telling us that we were to not talk and try to hold our breath while entering a particular room in one of the castles (don't remember which one). We were told that it had something to do with the CO2 from our breath deteriorating the furnishings or the actual room or something like that.

Does anybody know anything about this phenomena? Or which chateau this request is made (is this a common feature on castle tours?)


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posted 01-23-2004 03:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Merlin   Click Here to Email Merlin     Edit/Delete Message
No, it certainly is very uncommon. The only explanation I can think of is that this room contained very precious and fragile works (like old documents or paintings) that were not kept in a showcase. Such things can be very sensitive to sunlight and humidity - but I can also imagine that your tour-guide just said this to impress you and to underline the worth of the castles interior...

posted 01-23-2004 07:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Levan   Click Here to Email Levan     Edit/Delete Message
Maybe guide just wanted some peace and quiet!

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