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The term of the Loire castles groups under one label a set of French castles located in the Val de Loire. They have the distinction of having been , for the most part built or substantially altered in the French Renaissance (XV - XVI. ) , At a time when the court of the kings of France was installed in this region.
The chateaux of the Loire is considered the holy of holies of the French spirit, a paradise that sums up the spirit of the French nation to know: belles-lettres, lavish architecture, pleasant wines and fine dining...
The density of historical monuments in fact a privileged discovery area to admire the masterpieces of the Renaissance. Sully -sur- Loire in Angers via Chenonceau, Amboise, Blois, Valençay or the Loire Valley each have a rich history necessarily linked to the history of France.
THE CASTLE OF CHAMBORD
The Château de Chambord is the largest castle in the Loire. It was built in honor of Francis I and consists of 400 rooms and more than 2,000 works of art. The Chambord estate you can visit symbolizes the passion of the former king for hunting and wild nature.
The Château de Chambord has a unique architecture ! It is built on the model of medieval castles, with a central square building and a tower, with four towers at each corner. Inside the dungeon, there are five levels of living space built on the same model: four square apartments and four apartments in the round towers per level.
The famous double staircase in the center of the building, leads to the first floor ( historic apartment ), second floor ( floor dedicated to the theme of hunting and wildlife art ) and the large terrace before being crowned by the lantern tower and the lily, symbol of monarchy in France.
The double staircase is an architectural curiosity that has contributed to the fame of Chambord. The principle is both simple and surprising : two staircases that turn in the same direction but never cross. Thus, it can go up or down floors without seeing people using the other stairs!
Dedicated historical monument in 1840 and ceded to the French State in 1930, you can freely visit exceptional apartments of Francis I, Louis XIV, but also the chapel and terraces.
THE CASTLE OF CHENONCEAU
First Property of the Crown, then royal residence, the Château de Chenonceau is an exceptional castle, its original design, the richness of its collections, its furnishings and decoration, but also for its history since it was inhabited, managed and protected by women, all extraordinary and, most have made history.
Called the " Ladies Castle " is built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet, then embellished by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. The Château de Chenonceau was saved the Revolution by Madame Dupin.
This feminine imprint is present everywhere in the castle which made it a place of peace and preserving the conflicts and wars.
Throughout its history, this emblematic castle has always attracted talent and inspired the greatest artists. So you can admire an exceptional museum collection of paintings by great masters : Murillo, Tintoretto, Nicolas Poussin, Correggio, Rubens, Primaticcio, Van Loo... And a rare selection of Flanders Tapestries of the XVI century.
In addition, the Château de Chenonceau, the flowers layout of each room and furnishings offers you a unique and sumptuous vision.
House of the five queens, Louis XIV room, large gallery over the Cher, amazing kitchens built into the piers of the bridge, Green Cabinet Catherine de Medici... Step by step, Chenonceau transport you through history, with its dreams and its secrets.
Come and discover its vestibule covered with a series of vault typical of the Renaissance warheads, its guardroom where stood the armed men responsible for royal protection, chapel, his famous long gallery of over 60 meters and all the other wonders that inhabit this castle!
THE CASTLE OF CHEVERNY
In a superb classical architecture, the Château de Cheverny is a unique place to please the young and old at once!
The Domaine de Cheverny is a seigneurial property that belongs to the same family for over six centuries. Cheverny has always been inhabited and each generation is working with passion, maintain and also to embellish.
This is the first castle to be opened to the public in 1922. You can appreciate all the pomp and delights of the Castle Life. Botanical Park in the splendid interior of the Castle, the Kennels Museum 3D "Secrets of Moulinsart " and gardens at Forest Park, the castle invites you to discover a fantastic heritage, authentic and alive.
The castle presents unique pieces of furniture and remarkably preserved interiors. The apartments on the 1st floor demonstrate the art of French living : room birth, the children's room, the private dining room...
But Cheverny conceals many other treasures such as the tapestry of 17th century Gobelins presented in the Salle d'Armes or the dresser of Louis XIV Boulle style.
Discover the refinement of the interior design before visiting the park, the garden apprentices, the vegetable garden, the tulip garden ( in season), the laurel maze, without forgetting its kennels where you can enjoy at any time of the day one hundred Anglo- French tricolor dogs, from a cross between Fox and Hound English French Poitevin.
And many others ....