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DOMAIN OF CHAUMONT-SUR-LOIRE
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DOMAIN OF CHAUMONT-SUR-LOIRE

Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Centre d’Arts et de Nature

A natural belvedere overlooking the unspoilt Loire, offering one of the most beautiful views of this royal river, the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire extends over an area of 30ha and welcomes more than 385,000 visitors a year. The estate comprises the castle (15C-19C), stables and landscaped park designed by Henri Duchêne, and is also the venue for the International Garden Festival (late April to mid-October). The estate is also currently hosting installations by contemporary artists and exhibitions by famous photographers.

ESSENTIALS

The Castle

Chaumont-sur-Loire castle, which overlooks the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Loire Valley, is a fine illustration of both the defensive architecture of the Gothic period and the more leisure-inspired style of the Renaissance. The castle belonged firstly to Catherine of Medici, a great admirer of Nostradamus and Ruggieri whom she appointed as her personal astrologer, and subsequently to Diane de Poitiers. The castle was a hive of intellectual activity in the 18C and 19C when the Le Ray de Chaumont family welcomed visitors such as the sculptor Nini, the American Benjamin Franklin and the writer Germaine de Staël. The Prince and Princess de Broglie, the last private owners of the castle, introduced an extraordinary sense of modernity, fantasy and high society to the building.

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HIDDEN TREASURE

International Festival of Gardens

Since 1992, the Garden Festival has provided an inspiring introduction to landscape design around the world. Acting both as a mine for ideas and a hothouse of talent, the festival stimulates the art of garden design by presenting new species and innovative materials, as well as inventive ideas and creative approaches to gardening. The diversity, creativity and quality of these projects has helped to establish the worldwide reputation of the festival, which has become an unmissable event showcasing the work of a new generation of landscape gardeners, architects, designers and gardeners. Alongside the festival, the Vallon des Brumes educational “vegetable garden” allows visitors to discover a series of experimental gardens which evolve with the changing seasons.

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AVANT-GARDE TREASURE

Centre d'Arts et de Nature

The “art and nature” theme at the centre of the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire’s artistic project enables visitors to discover the work of great contemporary artists exhibited in the castle and the castle grounds. As a result, the Domaine is the “first Centre of Arts and Nature entirely dedicated to the relationship between nature and culture, artistic creation and landscape invention, and traditional heritage and the modern day”. Internationally renowned artists and new young talents welcomed as artists-in-residence are invited to exhibit their work throughout the estate.

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COUPS DE COEUR

Tufa quarry and underground town – Bourré

Tufa used to be the building material for the châteaux of the Loire and this led to the formation of the picturesque troglodyte village of Bourré. Visit the underground town: carved in the rock, at the furthest extremity of a gallery is the incredible reproduction of an underground town to give us a lasting image of a 19th century village. You will find out how this stone is extracted and about its original qualities, becoming harder and whiter in contact with air, discovering at the same time the amazing universe of stone extractors and stone cutters in the past.
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