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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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  • Unfortunately, the massive restructuring under way cover it in half with scaffolding and many of the Interior are closed. It is still fascinating, immersed in the water and the beautiful structure. It seems that the work might result in July, will be an opportunity to go back, maybe in the fall. Meanwhile the village, between water rapids, typical houses and a beautiful double church is worth a visit.
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  • Visited with friends whilst the building works are nearing completion. There was a small reduction on the price due to the renovations but you do have to pay extra for an audio guide. Lots of open spa...  more »
  • Despite the work, very nice I recommend the guided tour (the best of our visits) that brings stories and little history lesson in a very good atmosphere. Thank you
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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!