- distance: 25km
Located next to the village of Chenonceaux in the Indre-et-Loire department, Chenonceau one of the most famous castles of the Loire Valley region.
Exquisitely furnished and decorated with rare tapestries and antique paintings, this castle is the most visited private historic monument in France, surrounded by several superb gardens, a park, and a vineyard.
Built on the banks of the Cher, on the remains of a bridge, the castle was transformed into a fortified mill in 1230. Later, the Marques family turned the building into a fortified castle. At the end of the 15th century, Pierre de Marques, who was having financial difficulties, was forced to sell his home, and the castle was subsequently acquired by Thomas Bohier, King François I’s finance minister. After François’ death, Chenonceau was passed on to Henri II, who gave the splendid chateau to his cherished mistress, Diane de Poitiers, much to the chagrin of his wife, Catherine de Medicis.
Article on Chenonceau Castle in Wikipedia.
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