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The castle of Beauregard: photos, description (Chateau de Beauregard)

The main attraction of the medieval castle of Beauregard is an art gallery containing more than three hundred portraits of high-ranking officials, determined the course of French and European history in the XIV-XVII centuries, kings, popes, emperors and Ministers.

The Beauregard castle is one of castles located in the Loire valley, it is located ten kilometers from Blois. The first building constructed on the site of the castle was built in the late XV century. Soon his owner was charged with embezzlement of funds from the Treasury, and his estate was confiscated and transferred to the Royal land Fund. When Francis I, the estate was used as hunting grounds for the king, and then the monarch presented the castle to a relative of rené of Savoy.

About the middle of the XVI century became the owner of the castle, Jean de Thiers, Secretary of Henry II, began the construction of a new lock at this time has a new body and a Central gallery connecting it with the old buildings. For the new constructions was chosen style of the Italian Renaissance, and for finishing and decorative works, the owner of the castle invited the court artists and sculptors. Near the castle was a Park with rare plants. Today it covers an area of 70 hectares, where you can see the ruins of the chapel of the XV century.

The next owner became in 1617 a Royal Minister Paul Ardle. He also started the reconstruction of the castle and was attached to the Central gallery has two buildings. But the main merit of Ardie was started his collection, which includes 327 portraits of the main public figures of France and Europe of that time. On its formation, worked by the representatives of three generations of a family Ardie. Paintings hung on the walls of the hall, the length of which is 26 meters width - 6 meters. Here you can see the image of kings Henry IV, Louis XIII, Philip VI, emperors and the rulers of other countries, the heads of the Catholic Church.

In the second half of the XIX century the castle was restored and declared a monument of history. Today it is a private property.