Château d’Azay-Le-Rideau

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Château d’Azay-Le-Rideau [rue Pineau, +33 247454204, ad/ch €8/Free (Prices vary for guided tours and inclusion of audio guides)] is a fine example of French Renaissance architecture. Built in the 1500s by Gilles Berthelot (chief treasurer of François I), the castle seems like a glimmering gem, standing on an island in the River Indre encircled by a moat and a landscaped park.

While the castle’s dominant turrets, vertically stacked windows and slate roofs are unmistakably French; its sculptures and loggia staircase (the first greeting sight for visitors, as it leads you to the open loggias that face the courtyard) are evidence of the subtle Italian influences that existed at that time. The castle bears many marks of the salamander and ermine emblems that used to denote the presence of King François I and his wife Claude de France. However, the château does not have a rich residential history as it was plagued by inconsistent ownership and incomplete construction works. The castle building was finally completed in the 19th century, allowing its interiors to be remodelled by its then owner, Marquis de Biencourt. The current interior of the château features a mixture of 19th century furnishings as well as Renaissance pieces. Try to visit the castle in summer as it hosts one of the oldest son et lumière (sound and light show) in France, every summer evening.

 

 

 


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