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Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Azay-le-Rideau

Categories: Castles, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Another of the jewel of the Loire Valley. A nice little village with this beautiful castle. Great spot for nice pictures. 
  • a staple of the castles of the Loire (mark if not on the Loire). the restoration work are enormous. the locks and water games are good. well maintained park. Very very nice staircase open... One regret: the Interior is quite disappointing
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  • One of our most beautiful castle of the Loire, unfortunately "fluff" during our short visit... due to rush! A remake...
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  • Nice château, but unfortunately when I visited the castle, there were scaffolding all over for the restoration work.. Within inside the castle there are some nice artefacts of medieval Era..
  • Beautiful setting that is very picturesque but is apparently under construction until 2017 so until then maybe just explore the grounds or visit a neighbouring castle since you can always come back in 2017
  • Yep, still under Reno, from the look of it will take another 6 to 12months. It's an OK chateau, visit others first.
  • Definitely one of my favourite! A real beauty
  • Nice castle but be aware there is less to see until the work is done in 2017.
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