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. Put Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau into our Azay-le-Rideau trip app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Azay-le-Rideau.
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  • What a pleasure to come back year after year and see that the work still valued this magnificent Castle in his setting of greenery and water. Framing continues to amaze me. Real pleasure to stroll in the Park despite rainy weather.
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  • Beautiful place to stay, no air conditioning, very private pool, good service, fine dining in a greenhouse type atmosphere.  more »
  • SE Castle and a wonderful and very informative framework but the most interesting are t their garden they inspire love green fingers but also the old heritage I consider this place very highly recommended
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  • Beautiful castle! Easy to walk the grounds and wonderful view with the river surrounding the castle itself. Definitely worth a stop!
  • This is such a lovely castle. Great for kids - many of the rooms set up as they would have been in historical times. At Christmas there were decorations in almost every room and Christmas trees throughout the groubds. Seems like it would also be beautiful at night. Busy even in the middle of winter but worth a visit.
  • This castle was absolutely beautiful! The gardens were awesome, and I found the castle itself had a uniqueness that I haven’t seen in the other castles (maybe it was the stairs!). Definitely a must see if you’re in the area, and the town itself is really cute too!
  • A unique chateaux, in that it is surrounded to it's walls by a moat, mirroring it's image. With gold topping the finals of the towers and parts of the roof.. Very well worth a visit.
  • Lived in Azay as a child. Remember going to the Chateau every weekend. I now live in East Tennessee and not far from Asheville,NC where Builtmore home is. I've never got to visit but have been told it was fashioned after Chateau d"Azay-le-Rideau. I remember there used to be a greyhound racing track somewhere by the Chateau.
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