Château of Chenonceau

Château de Chenonceau - M. Jauneaud 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.