Discover the Château de Chenonceau in the heart of the Loire Castles with its famous two-storey gallery built under Catherine de Medici. It was built by Katherine Briçonnet in 1513, enriched by Diane de Poitiers and enlarged under Catherine de Medici. the castle of Chenonceau was baptized over time, the “Château des Dames”. Several women’s personalities have successively influenced the architecture and history of this residence which was royal before becoming a private residence in 1601.
Castle Azay-le-Rideau is built on an island in the middle of the Indre under the reign of Francis I. Subtle alliance of French traditions and innovative decorations from Italy, it is an icon of the new art of building the Val-de-Loire in the sixteenth century.
King Francis I donated the castle of Azay le Rideau to one of his companions in arms, Antoine Raffin, whose family occupied it until the French Revolution.
Subtle alliance of French traditions and innovative settings from Italy
Located on the course of the Vienne, in a strategic position on the borders of Touraine, Anjou and Poitou, endowed with a rock spur fortified since Antiquity, the city, with its imposing fortress, has for a long time played a key defensive role. Chinon is one of the favorite strongholds of the Plantagenets. John Lackland lost to the benefit of Philip Augustus, the deputy to the domains of the Crown of France. Siege of the court under Charles VII, place of his meeting with Joan of Arc, the city will leave the royal bosom only to pass into the hands of Cardinal Richelieu and his family, who keep it until the Revolution.