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Chenonceau castle: photos, description (Chateau de Chenonceau)

The castle of Chenonceau, or as it is sometimes called, the "ladies castle" is one of the most beautiful and romantic in the Loire valley. He crosses the river cher like a bridge, I believe, directly stems from these slow waters. An amazing sight.

The history of the castle dates back to the XIII century. From 1243 onwards he belonged to the family de mark. During the hundred years war, the French were placed in strongholds of the English garrison. The enraged king ordered to demolish the fortifications, the family had to sell a lot of the financial intendant of Normandy, Thomas Boyer. He demolished the old castle (excluding keep) and built a new.

Already in the construction phase, the fate of the castle was determined: in the absence of Boye's work was supervised by his wife Catherine. Corner towers on the four sides surrounded by Central volume with Lancet arches. The beauty of the castle did not go to the benefit of the family: in 1533, Francis I confiscated the property is officially for the financial sins of the Thomas Boye, really wanting to get excellent hunting grounds. The king was playing around in a small circle, which included his second wife Eleanor of Habsburg, son Henry, daughter-in-law Catherine de Medici, the mistress of the monarch Anna de Peaslee and son's mistress Diane de Poitiers.

In 1547 the crown passed to Henry II, and he in violation of the law gave the castle to Diane de Poitiers. The redesigned Park and garden, planted artichokes and melons. It is the Diane de Poitiers undertook the building of a stone bridge across the river cher.

In 1559 Henry II died of wounds received in a tournament, Catherine de Medicis became Regent and took back Chenonceau. She was like a fucking brilliant holidays, planted new gardens. In 1580, the architect, Andrea, Ducers built on a stone bridge in the new wing of the castle with rhythmically alternating projections (projections on the facade). The castle gained its contemporary appearance. Dying, the Medici handed it to Louise de Vaudemont, wife of Henry III. She wore a white mourning for the king, why the widow de Vaudemont was nicknamed the "white lady".

In 1733, the castle passed into the hands of the banker Claude Dupin. His wife Louise, opened a fashion salon, made a theater and a physics laboratory. Madame Dupin lived in Chenonceau to be ninety-three years, surrounded by loving servants who have kept the estate intact during the revolution.

Since 1888, Chenonceaux is owned by a wealthy family Meunier. During the First world Senator Gaston Meunier posted here in the hospital for two thousand soldiers. During the Second world war the castle was on the border of the unoccupied by the Nazis territories of France, became coherent point of Resistance.

Today visitors to the castle along a long Avenue, bordered by old plane trees. To the right is the garden of Diane de Poitiers, at the entrance to his office, the Governor's house of the XVI century. In the corner of the front yard stands an ancient dungeon. In the lower floor of the castle is the Hall of the guards with tapestries of the XVI century. In the gallery - paintings by Rubens, Primaticcio, van Loo, Mignard, Nattie. In the former Royal stables, Museum of wax figures. He recreates scenes of love and jealousy that played out here hundreds of years ago.


  • Location: Château, Chenonceaux
  • Official website: http://www.chenonceau.com/
  • Opening hours: open daily during the low season 9.30-17.00, summer 9.00-19.30. Cash stop work half an hour before closing.
  • Tickets: adults - 12.5 euros, children from 7 to 18 years - 9,5 EUR, children till 7 years - free of charge.