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CHÂTEAU OF AZAY-LE-RIDEAU
CHÂTEAU OF AZAY-LE-RIDEAU
CHÂTEAU OF AZAY-LE-RIDEAU
CHÂTEAU OF AZAY-LE-RIDEAU
CHÂTEAU OF AZAY-LE-RIDEAU
CHÂTEAU OF AZAY-LE-RIDEAU
CHÂTEAU OF AZAY-LE-RIDEAU
CHÂTEAU OF AZAY-LE-RIDEAU
CHÂTEAU OF AZAY-LE-RIDEAU
CHÂTEAU OF AZAY-LE-RIDEAU

The Château of Azay-le-Rideau is situated in the Centre Val de Loire region. It was built on an island on the River Indre by a wealthy financier, Gilles Berthelot, during the reign of François I. Its purpose was to reconcile innovations coming from Italy with the French art of construction. Located in a green setting and lapped by the gentle flow of the Indre in which its facades are reflected, the Château of Azay-le-Rideau fully expresses the refinement of a château dating from the early French Renaissance (and is listed as a historical monument).

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Discover the restoration of the century in the heart of the Touraine region – an exceptional project using a whole host of heritage skills

The Château d’Azay-le-Rideau offers visitors a chance to learn all about the processes involved in the restoration of a historic monument, where stone-cutters and carpenter-roofers combine their talents to give new life to this jewel of the Loire Valley. During this period, the chateau is open daily and welcomes visitors to this unique exhibition.

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Rebirth of a monument

Built in the early part of the 11th century, the Château of Azay-le-Rideau was burned during the Hundred Years’ War, and later rebuilt during the reign of François I. A true synthesis between the French art of construction and the innovations in Italian architecture, the Château of Azay-le-Rideau is an authentic masterpiece of the Renaissance.

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Lavish interiors

From the drawing-room to the royal apartments, the Château of Azay-le-Rideau will dazzle you with its interior decorations and furniture. Discover the bedchambers and many other rooms to be visited, their hangings and paintings, which in themselves relate the royal history of France ...

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HIDDEN TREASURE

A facetted diamond

Described by Balzac over lunch one day as "a facetted diamond set in the Indre", Azay-le-Rideau is one of the most famous châteaux of the Loire. Relatively small, the two main wings are surrounded by the Indre and a landscape garden. The entrance to the château, in the form of a triumphal arch, is sculpted with the initials of Gilles Berthelot and his wife; The lower parts of the central staircase are decorated with the salamander and ermine, emblems of King François I and his wife Claude de France. The English-style landscape garden was designed and planted in the 19th century. It was at this time that an ornamental lake was dug on the west side. It was not until 1959 that the State estabilised the flow of the Indre at the base of the south façade by creating a second ornamental lake.

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COUPS DE COEUR

Goupillières troglodyte valley – Azay-le-Rideau

Since the Middle Ages, up to the last century, country people in Touraine lived on the hillsides in troglodyte farms carved in the rock. Goupillières troglodyte valley invites you to discover a group of three farms dug out from the tufa with their bread oven, stables, well, and grain silo. Descend into the astonishing underground places of refuge used in the Middle Ages, carved out by peasants to protect themselves from bandits and the ravages of war.
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