Come and spend a weekend at the châteaux of the Loire and soak up the cultural heritage. From Orléans to Angers, drive through the neighbouring towns and you will discover each of the castles on your way. Ideally, you will need 2 or 3 days to enjoy the Loire Valley and its castles.
Start your weekend of Loire Valley châteaux with Chambord, the largest and most impressive castle built by François I. It is rightly considered one of the most emblematic palaces of the French Renaissance. It heralds and surpasses Versailles in its architectural delirium. Immense and sumptuous, it has perfect proportions and houses several remarkable architectural elements: double-revolution staircase, spiral staircase, Italian-style terraces, etc.
Perched on a rocky spur, the Royal Castle of Amboise is intimately linked to the history of the kings of France. A visit to the castle allows you to rediscover the episodes of this past and also to admire the vast State Hall, the largest in the castle, and the Saint-Hubert Chapel, lavishly sculpted in flamboyant Gothic style, which houses the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci.
Chenonceau Castle, the most charming, nicknamed the "Ladies' Castle", almost all its owners were women, and among the most beautiful in France, Chenonceau was built on the Cher, whose waters reflect the unique beauty of its Renaissance architecture. It has an exceptional museum collection of paintings by great masters (Murillo, Tintoretto, Nicolas Poussin, Correggio, Rubens) as well as a rare selection of 16th century Flanders Tapestries... not to mention the spectacular gardens. If you decide to extend your weekend at the châteaux of the Loire, you can discover the château of Chenonceau by boat. An atypical way to admire the monument from another angle.
It is not a royal castle,
Azay-le-Rideau is nevertheless a true masterpiece of the Renaissance.
Built between 1514 and 1527 on the ruins of a medieval fortress, it
harmoniously combines the French and Italian architectural arts. Its
interiors are particularly impressive for the richness of their decoration and
decoration and furniture.
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