Château of Chenonceau
Built, embellished and saved by women
Thank you ladies! Built in 1513 by a woman, Katherine Briçonnet, embellished by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, saved at the time of the Revolution by Madame Dupin: without its women, Chenonceau would not be the most-visited of all the Loire Châteaux, along with Chambord.
Why such an infatuation? Probably for the elegant outline of its stone arches spanning the Cher that make the Château so original. The best way of admiring them is to take a rowing boat. But the gardens with their plant maze are also worth a look. A flower boutique offers original designs with dried flowers and decorative items.
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Renaissance. Unique architecture, built over the Cher river. A collection of masters paintings and a remarkable series of 16th-century Flemish tapestries. The Galerie des Dames (wax-museum). night-time promenades in the gardens during the summer, boat outings in July and August.