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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)
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
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