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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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  • While I work, we were charmed by this castle to the rich pageantry. Italian inspiration gives it a magical spirit emphasized by its reflection in his mirror of water. The souvenir shop extensively. Attention closing at 17:15 from October to March.
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  • The castle is beautiful even if a wing is "packaged" for work that seem huge. However we were very disappointed by the quality of the guided tour. The content was red wireless so enough rambling from one room to the other and especially the guide spoke to us with gestures which could give us to think that we were schoolchildren. It placed itself in the middle of the Group and turned nonstop at right and left back to some of his audience and making it difficult to hear. We doubt that this person is a professional.
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  • This very nice and furnished castle was really nice to visit. Under renovation but still open with a very attractive exhibition about the diferrent jobs involved in the restoration : great for childre...  more »
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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!