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The Ladies' Chateau

Besides being architecturally stunning, this castle has such an interesting history of the women during its time. The women responsible for Chenonceau each left their mark. Catherine Briconnet, wife of the first owner, built the turreted pavillion and one of the first straight staircases in France here: Henri II's mistress, Diane de Poitiers, added the formal gardens and arched bridge over the Cher River; Catherine de Medici transformed the bridge into an Italian style gallery (having evicted Diane following her husband's death in 1559); Louise de Lorraine, bereaved wife of Henri III, inherited the chateau in 1590 and painted the ceilings black and white, the colors of royal mourning; Madame Dupin, a cultured 18th-century chatelain, saved the chateau from destruction during the Revolution; and Madame Pelouse undertook a complete restoration in 1863. (a portion of this is quoted from Eyewitness Travel Guide on France)

Map of Valley of the Kings

As you can see on the map, Chennonceau is off Route 10 not far from the Town of Tours.

Chenonceaux is located 224 kilometers from Paris and 35 kilometers from Tours, in the department of Indre-et-Loire.

There are shows of light and sound at Chenonceaux on selected nights during the summer. Call the number below for more information.
* July: 10:00pm.
* August through mid-September: 10:00pm.

Entrance Price to the castle tour: 50F (40F children 7 to 15)

Phone: 02 47 23 90 07
Website: www.chenonceau.com

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A Charming Castle with a very Interesting History
  • In a nutshell:A Castle You Don't Want to Miss!!!
  • Last visit to Chenonceau: Aug 1998
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2005 at 4:42 PM

    Oh, to wander around France from castle to castle, that would be a dream! This is a splendid page - I'd love to see those fine tapestries.

  • LauraWest's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2005 at 5:06 PM

    Wow! thanks for writing about this castle & the great photos. I'm still deciding where to go in France, bsides, Paris, so I might add your tips to my itnerary!

  • CALSF's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2004 at 11:04 PM

    Your photos and tips remind me of my one visit to Chenonceaux. But I have always considered this chateaux to be my favorite-even more than Chambord. I love its history and its absolutely beautiful river setting. Nice page!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2004 at 1:18 PM

    Superb page on one of the best castles of the Loire valley, to my opinion ! Thanks for sharing !

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2004 at 4:29 PM

    Great page Nancy Lori & I were in Chenonceaux and yes it is beautiful . Your page is super an great pictures and very helpful information.

  • AliasGirl's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2004 at 9:46 PM

    Thank you for your tour through France. I realy like the tapestry photo. Great info and pictures! :)

  • o00o's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2004 at 1:15 AM

    Interesting place for vacation.

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2003 at 9:11 AM

    My favorite Loire Valley castle! Isn't it cute?? Excellent page!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2003 at 12:04 PM

    Next amazing castle, beautiful darwbridge! Interesting fistory in intro and useful map! And what a garden there! Great job, Nancy :-)

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2003 at 11:16 PM

    I loved this castle for the history of the ladies


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