"The most feminine of castles" Top 5 Page for this destination Chenonceau by vinc_bilb

Chenonceau Travel Guide: 154 reviews and 442 photos


After The royal chateau of Chambord, we moved to Chenonceau, improving our cultural session in the Loire valley with a totally different type of architecture.


>>> Personnal rating: 4/5

The original architecture of the Château de Chenonceau reflects in the Cher river. It owes a large part of its charm to women.

"The lovely surroundings, the formal garden and the park surrounding it add to the impression of delicate grace emanating from the castle."
Chenonceau is also remarkable for its fine quality of its collections, rare tapestries and ancient paints.

Original construction phase: 1513-1521

From women and for women

Chenonceau Castle was traditionally a castle for women, and its design shows the delicate touch of its many female.
- Katherine Briçonnet, wife of a wealthy tax collector, began the construction
- King Henry II gave later (1547) the Castle to his beautiful mistress, Dianne de Poitiers, who expanded Chenonceau with the famous arches.
- After Henry's death his wife, Catherine de Medici took possession of this castle from her dead husband's mistress and made many improvements (gardens, gallery,...)
- Queen Louise de Lorraine spent her last years of widowhood there, after King Henti III's death.
- Unlike some castles in Loire Valley, Chenonceau was saved from the ravages of the French Revolution by another woman, Louise Dupin, a favorite host in Enlightenment France.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Gardens, casttle, paints ... a lof of elegant jewels
  • Cons:Audioguides only ...
  • In a nutshell:A delicate grace
  • Last visit to Chenonceau: Aug 2009
  • Intro Updated Sep 4, 2009
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  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Wow! I gotta see this place in person. Thanks!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    How are you Vinc? Nice tour of this Castle, one that appeals to me. Thankgoodness they haven't banned photo's altogether!

  • marvelous_girl's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2010 at 12:33 AM

    Marques tower looks awsome

  • asianbelle's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    hi vince. how far is this from paris or lourdes?

  • Kakapo2's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    The most feminine castle... Are you surprised that this is my favourite one? Well, I would also take Azay-le-Rideau if someone gifted it to me ;-) Good to know where not to stay! Should I try to translate your superb meal? Sissi

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2009 at 6:55 AM

    Nice going, Vinny - now I will be dreaming about this one!

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2009 at 6:54 AM

    Your page has been an enjoyable reminder of a lovely chateau, Vince. Some years since we visited (during winter), so I enjoyed seeing your summer photos with much more colour.


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