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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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  • Yet another fantastic chateau of the Loire area. Put it on your to visit list. Love the way it's built on the lake. Take a stroll around the pretty grounds. The small town is also very pretty and also...  more »
  • Despite renovation work, the guided tour is very interesting! The guide knows how to communicate his passion for the history of France and this castle! The visit is included in the price of the ticket (€ 6.5 to cause/through the work) should especially not to Miss! The temporary exhibition on the work is interesting too!
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  • When we went there it was under renovation so we don't all could not visit. But it is beautiful
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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!