THE CHÂTEAUX

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Heritage to discover, 21 châteaux to visit! Prepare your stay by finding out about each château, one by one, and by accessing directly the pages dedicated to each château.

 

©Jean-Sébastien Evrard - CHATEAU OF BRISSAC

CHATEAU OF BRISSAC

Seen from the vast lawns of the Romantic-style parkland, the façades of the Château de Brissac are a striking sight.

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Château of Villandry

CHATEAU AND GARDENS OF VILLANDRY

he Château of Villandry is the last of the great Renaissance châteaux, placed at the heart of three remarkable terraced gardens.

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©Dir. COM Ville de Saumur - Château of Saumur

CHATEAU OF SAUMUR

Built since the end of the 11th century, the Château of Saumur was in turn a fortress, a manor house, a prison...

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©Martin Argyroglo/LVAN - Musée d’histoire de Nantes-Château of the Dukes of Brittany in Nantes

CHATEAU OF THE DUKES OF BRITTANY - NANTES

The Château represents an exceptional site right in the centre of the town.

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©J.F. Le Scour/Chateau d'Amboise - ROYAL CHATEAU OF AMBOISE

ROYAL CHATEAU OF AMBOISE

The medieval fortress of Amboise became a royal residence in the reigns of Kings Charles VIII and François I

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©C.Mouton/CRT Centre Val de Loire - Domain of Cheverny

DOMAIN OF CHEVERNY

The Domain of Cheverny astonishes visitors by the richness of its decorations and the numerous pieces of marvellous furniture.

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©M. Fremont/CRT Centre Val de Loire - Château Of Azay-le-Rideau

Château Of Azay-le-Rideau

The Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built during the reign of François I, by Gilles Berthelot, a wealthy financier.

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©D.Darrault - FONTEVRAUD ABBEY

FONTEVRAUD ABBEY

Fontevraud Abbey is considered as one of the greatest monastic cities in Europe.

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©C.Mouton/CRT Centre Val de Loire - Château of Clos Lucé-Leonardo da Vinci Park

CHATEAU OF CLOS LUCE - LEONARDO DA VINCI PARK

Clos Lucé is where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life...

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©F.Colin/CRT Centre Val de Loire - Chateau of Valencay

CHATEAU OF VALENCAY

In 1803, Napoleon acquired the Château of Valençay for his minister of Foreign Affairs, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand.

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©E.Mangeat/CRT Centre Val de Loire - Chateau of Chenonceau

CHATEAU OF CHENONCEAU

Built on the Cher, the Château of Chenonceau is "the Ladies’ Château", Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de’ Medici..

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©JS.Mutschler/CRT Centre Val de Loire - Royal City of Loches

ROYAL CITY OF LOCHES

The royal city of Loches is known for its keep, one of the most imposing in Europe of its time.

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©S. Bonniol/Visuelles - CHATEAU OF BREZE

CHATEAU DE BREZE

Built between the 11th and 19th centuries, the Château de Brézé provides visitors with an opportunity to discover an elegant castle still inhabited to this day, as well as its extraordinary underground fortress!

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©Alain Laurioux/Cadre Noir IFCE - FRENCH NATIONAL HORSE-RIDING SCHOOL OF SAUMUR

FRENCH NATIONAL HORSE-RIDING SCHOOL OF SAUMUR

The French National Horse-Riding School of Saumur trains and perfects the horse-riding elit

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©L. Chevalier/CRT Centre Val de Loire - CHATEAU OF LANGEAIS

CHATEAU OF LANGEAIS

The Château of Langeais presents two exceptional châteaux: the Foulques Nerra tower and the château of Louis XI.

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©V.Treney/CRT Centre Val de Loire - Domain of Chaumont-Sur-Loire

DOMAIN OF CHAUMONT-SUR-LOIRE

ome of the most brilliant and outstanding people have stayed in the Château of Chaumont-sur-Loire.

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©C.Mouton/CRT Centre Val de Loire - National Domain of Chambord

NATIONAL DOMAIN OF CHAMBORD

Chambord was born from the dream of François I, designed not as a permanent residence, but as a hunting lodge.

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©J.Percher/Centre Val de Loire - Royal Fortress of Chinon

ROYAL FORTRESS OF CHINON

Overlooking the town, the fortress of Chinon was built by the Count of Blois, Thibaut I...

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©E. Mangeat/CRT Centre Val de Loire - ROYAL CHATEAU OF BLOIS

ROYAL CHATEAU OF BLOIS

The Royal Château of Blois evokes the power and life at Court in Renaissance times.

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©Jean-Sébastien Evrard - CHATEAU OF ANGERS

CHATEAU OF ANGERS

The Château of Angers was built by the young Saint-Louis on the border of his kingdom during the 13th century.

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©C.Mouton/CRT Centre Val de Loire - Château of Sully-sur-Loire

CHATEAU OF SULLY-SUR-LOIRE

The Château of Sully-sur-Loire, a real medieval fortress, was classed as a historical monument in 1928.

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