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Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Azay-le-Rideau
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Set on an island in the middle of the Indre river, Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau is considered one of the foremost examples of early French Renaissance architecture. Built between 1518 and 1527, this picturesque château maintains the fashionable Italian renaissance style in its long proportions and ornate sculptural decorations.

Venture into the interior to view a significant collection of artwork, including "Dame au Bain" (possibly depicting Diane de Poitiers) by François Clouet and several portraits of French monarchs, including Francis I, Henry III, and Catherine de Médici. A climb into the attic provides an insight into the charpente, the handcrafted wooden frame supporting the roof, which was recently restored and available for your view. Add Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau to your Azay-le-Rideau travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Azay-le-Rideau travel itinerary maker.
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  • Uff one of my favorite is on the water has a garden very cute go without hurry for that there is that contemplating each room
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  • Although it has been two years in restoration and there are still part of the stuffy facade, worth visiting it and admire the tapestries and the refurbished rooms. A walk through your garden is a very relaxing activity
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  • the castle is very beautiful and interesting and, like few other cases, is built next to a body of water very impressive. also interesting are the interiors. too bad only because it is currently undergoing a major renovation that takes away the possibility to admire fine externally
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  • Small and neat castle. U will not be tired by visiting it, park around is very picturesque. One bad thing for summer 2016 - half of the castle's exterior is under reconstruction.
  • One of the most beautiful castle of the loire especially if you like water reflexion
  • The most beautiful chateau at the Loire in my opinion. Small but romantic
  • Under construction until 2017 so unfortunately couldn't see the chateau in all its glory. Will just have to go back!
  • Currently in process of restoration, this is still a gem not to be missed!