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Chenonceau Travel Guide: 150 reviews and 416 photos

Exploring Chateaux de la Loire

At the heart of the Loire Valley, cradle of the French Renaissance, Château de Chenonceau is one of the most beloved monuments, the best known and most visited. Built on the Cher River, whose waters reflect the beauty of its architecture, the Chateau de Chenonceau is the wonder of the Loire Valley. Its gardens are the shining example of taste and refinement of their inspiration.

Ladies Castle

The Château de Chenonceau is one of the most beautiful chateaux of the Loire. Also known as "Ladies Castle" (Château des Dames) and it was occupied mainly decorated almost exclusively by women:
Built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet, then embellished by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici and saved from the rigors of the Revolution by Mrs Dupin.
A room in the castle, the room of the five Queens, is dedicated to women who occupied: Mary Stuart, Margaret of France, Louise de Lorraine, Elizabeth of Austria and Elisabeth of France.

Rich in Collections

The castle has a main building with a square central hallway opening onto four pieces of hand and others. On the ground floor there is a chapel, the room of Diane de Poitiers and the green office work of Catherine de Medici. At the end of the hallway, you reach the gallery over the Cher. The rest of the ground floor has the bedroom and lounge Francois Louis XIV. Chenonceau is not only remarkable for its architecture and history but also by its rich collections: Renaissance furniture, tapestries from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and many paintings by masters such as Rubens, Tintoretto, Rigaud, Nattier and Van Loo.

All of these collections really amazing for Renaissance lover, enjoy it, took some photos, but REMEMBER NO FLASH!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Amazing Castle, gardens, gorgeous collections
  • Cons:Too many tourist in high season
  • In a nutshell:Chateau with ladies Touch
  • Last visit to Chenonceau: Dec 2010
  • Intro Updated Apr 29, 2011
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  • katalin's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Great page and pictures!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Simple but informative, thanks for sharing. Cheers, Ian

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Chenonceau is indeed a great tourist destination with excellent tourist attractions especially the Chateau. Thanks for sharing with excellent photographs. ~ho & pang

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    A romantic chateau. Thanks for sharing. SL :)

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Very beautiful ! The Castle is just majestic! You are fortunate to live in France , you can see it all at your will!

  • ChristinaNest's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    What a splendid place indeed! A place for queens:) Very detailed info.

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