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Château de Chenonceau

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Loire Valley, France.

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The image of Chenonceaus many arched covered bridge mirrored in the River Cher is one of the enduring images of the Loire Valley. A fitting castle for a princess, this graceful Gothic to early Renaissance chateau has rounded towers and arched windows offering up a view of the river and beautiful gardens which are protected from the river with careful walls and shaped into four triangles.

White with a grey tile roof, Chenonceau has a feminine touch to its design and has been the home to several mistresses, in both sense of the word, firstly to King Henry II’s mistress Diane de Poitiers in 1547 who was the one who commissioned the construction of the covered bridge and its Gallery. The bridge is the only reason the chateau survived the Revolution!

Chenonceau has been in the Menier chocolate family since 1913. It’s open to the public, as are the gardens. Inside it is well preserved and decorated with original paintings, tapestries and fittings.

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Château de Chenonceau

Built in 1513, the Château de Chenonceau is situated on the River Cher, and one of the most famous Chateaux in France. Its riverside location provides stunning and kodak-moment reflections in the limpid river waters. However, this chateau not only offers great architecture, it also has an excellent art collection, with works by Rubens and Tintoretto, and Renaissance-era furniture.

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