Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Azay-le-Rideau

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Set on an island in the middle of the Indre river, Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau is considered one of the foremost examples of early French Renaissance architecture. Built between 1518 and 1527, this picturesque château maintains the fashionable Italian renaissance style in its long proportions and ornate sculptural decorations.

Venture into the interior to view a significant collection of artwork, including "Dame au Bain" (possibly depicting Diane de Poitiers) by François Clouet and several portraits of French monarchs, including Francis I, Henry III, and Catherine de Médici. A climb into the attic provides an insight into the charpente, the handcrafted wooden frame supporting the roof, which was recently restored and available for your view. Put Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau into our Azay-le-Rideau trip app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Azay-le-Rideau.
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  • This was a fantastic chateau to visit. The walk around the chateau in the beautiful gardens was very pleasant and offered stunning vistas towards the chateau. The interiors were interesting and well.....  more
    This was a fantastic chateau to visit. The walk around the chateau in the beautiful gardens was very pleasant and offered stunning vistas towards the chateau. The interiors were interesting and well.....  more »
  • Azay le Rideau was the first out of 8 chateaus we visited during our 3 days in Loire valley. The Chateau dates back to 16 c and is recognized as a Renaissance masterpiece, which is clearly visible if....  more
    Azay le Rideau was the first out of 8 chateaus we visited during our 3 days in Loire valley. The Chateau dates back to 16 c and is recognized as a Renaissance masterpiece, which is clearly visible if....  more »
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  • Great couple of hours wandering round this Chateau and grounds. Very tranquil gardens, even with plenty of people around it felt very calming. Helped along by the running water from the moat and the river. The chateau itself was beautiful and exceptionally maintained. Enough rooms open to make it worth a trip round and the information in the loft space was very interesting indeed. They tell you about the artisan workers that built the roof structure and the importance that their skills be maintained and recognised. They also tell you about the resident bats too which I thought was a nice side note! Would recommend a visit.
  • Amazing full of information. Quite difficult for Disable people to get around . I could not go to one area too difficult , quite a few steps to climb . Loved every minute of it . The shop has amazing soaps bought quite a few. Lovely day out . And a nice courtyard to have a picnic. Well worth the visit . No Cafe .

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