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Most of these castles were built or upgraded during the period of the French renaissance, when the king's property was located between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries on the banks of the river, its tributaries or near them. It was during the medieval period that some buildings have their roots and keep the most important architectural aspects. This region contains remarkable monuments of the Loire Valley is a world heritage of UNESCO.
It was the former home of Charles VIII and was also the place of his death, at the age of only 28 years was in 1498 after knocking his head on a door lintel. At the time, Francis I proposed a trip to the great painter Leonardo da Vinci also succumbed there in 1519. In 1560, the building was a victim of the conspiracy of Amboise announcing religious wars.
This fortress is the work of Francis I is one of the most famous buildings of the Loire. It is like "a faceted diamond set in the Indre" describes Balzac.
In the Middle Ages, this citadel is the principal residence of King Louis XII. Then Francis took office and his wife relines furniture for the building to abandon that of Amboise to arrange the court at Blois. In 1524, after the death of Claude de France, Francis I left the fortress in favor of that of Fontainebleau. The Chateau de Blois was the main residence of François II and Charles IX, who are both successors of Francis. In 1576 and 1588, Henri III invited the States General in the building that was subsequently installed by Henri IV and became a place of banishment for his wife, Marie de Medici after his death. Today the fortress has three wings taking both the Gothic form, Renaissance and Baroque.
In 1519, the castle was built for the opening of the site of a hunting lodge on the site where an old castle was built. After the death of Francis I, the Chambord castle no longer interests the sovereigns of France that is becoming increasingly degraded. In 1684, it was remodeled by Louis XIV. In addition, a first representation of bourgeois gentleman was given by Molière in 1670. Subsequently, it was the turn of Marshal Berthier to occupy the fortress that was proposed by Napoleon Bonaparte. Indeed, the castle served as a field hospital during the Franco-German hostility in 1870.
Castle of Châteaudun
Châteaudun The castle is characterized by:
a keep 31 meters high and 17 meters in diameter
Castle of Cheverny
It is Henri Huraults, Military Treasurer of King Louis XI belong the land site. Currently it is in the hands of his inherited the Marquis de Vibraye. After a fraudulent act by the latter to the state, the castle was purchased by King Henri II to Diane de Poitiers but the latter sold to the son of the first occupant. The author of Tintin, Georges Remi, known as Hergé drew his ideas of this fortress to create Marlinspike serving the home of Captain Haddock.
Castle of Chaumont
To protect themselves from the violence of the counts of Anjou, Odo I, Count of Blois recommended the construction of this citadel so to defend its people. Indeed, the town was burned and ravaged in 1455 by Louis Xi as a Pierre d'Amboise punishment which opposed the Crown during the "League of the Public Good". It was rebuilding the fortress after a renaissance style but always with its general shape strengthened.
Chenonceau Castle It is the work of the Secretary General of King Francis I finances. A financial analysis result of fraud, the king authorized to require a substantial contravention of his heirs and returning the property in 1535. Then it was offered to Diane de Poitiers, Duchess of Valentinois by Henry II. And then it was the turn of Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitier opponent to hand over power to the sovereign dynasty after the death of Henry II in a tournament in 1559 in front of Gabriel I of Montgomery, captain his Scottish guard. Women who occupied the fortress marked the history of it that includes a room especially for girls and daughters-Catherine de Medici and the chamber of five Queens who Mary Margaret of France, Louise de Lorraine, Elizabeth Elizabeth of Austria and France. During the First World War, the castle of Chenonceau is a hospital for the wounded. In addition, it adheres strictly to the line of delimitation with one side in the occupied zone and the other in the free zone during the second world war.
Castle of Chinon
It was built on older Roman walls and erected three parts following the story needs. High historical personalities are received in this fortress as Henry II of England and his son Jean Without land and Richard the Lion Heart. This is also the place where history Joan of Arc and Charles VII started.
Castle of Langeais
Langeais Castle is a medieval fortress that was built in the late tenth century. Under the supremacy of the English Crown Plantagenets, it was enlarged by Richard the Lion Heart. Then, after Philip Augustus gave him in the year 1206 it was devastated during the Hundred Years War by the British. Today in France, the Château de Langeais claims to be the oldest surviving stone building. Indeed, a redesign was ordered to the year 1465 by Louis XI. The union of Charles VIII with Anne of Brittany Castle Stakes since its existence.
Castle of Loches
The name of Loches has the name of the place in ancient Castrum Locae would mean marsh camp. The English are very interested in the city and settled there with their ancestors Plantagenet.
Castle of Saumur
It is the turn of the Count of Anjou Plantagenet and his descendants to occupy the castle of Saumur The King of France and also Capet, Philip Augustus brought the sovereign dynasty. Then, comfort was increased by delicately by King René of Anjou, also called "good King René," a man with culture, a writer and also building constructor. The castle of Saumur is not like other fortresses at celebrity, it was for this reason that Louis XIV and Napoleon decided to turn it into prison.
Castle of Valençay Following the request of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Château de Valençay was presented to Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord in 1803 to host foreign dignitaries. In this fortress are arranged works of the Louvre gallery as the Venus de Milo antique statuary and Winged Victory. There is also the cabinet of drawings and jewelry sovereign dynasty.
Castle of Villandry During the period of the Renaissance, the great castle of Villandry was the last to be imposed on the Loire. It was during "The Colombiers Peace" which it held July 4, 1189 Henry II Plantagenet, King of England acknowledged losing against the king of France Philippe Auguste.
Stay at Château de la Bourdaisière
Built on the site of a 14th century fortress belonging to Marshal Jean Ier Meingre, the Château de la Bourdaisière is a historic monument. The fortress of Boucicault was intended to defend the surroundings of Tours against the assaults of the English. It was not until 1482 that it was purchased by Louis de La Mézière, the Mayor of Tours at the time. Between 1518 and 1522, Philibert Babou decided to rebuild the old medieval fortress into a country house. Since then, the castle has become the family’s heritage and each heir has left their mark on their time by renovating the estate. Towards the end of the 18th century, the Duke of Choiseul exiled to the Château de Chanteloup ordered the destruction of the Castle and only the medieval keep and the Babou manor remained. Purchased later by Armand Dubernad, he built a new castle. Since then, it has changed owners, a wealthy American Madame de Mérinville in 1923, an Englishman in 1938, the Germans during the occupation and a military school after the liberation.
What to discover at Château de la Bourdaisière
Located south-east of Montlouis-sur-Loire, in Indre-et-Loire, the Château de la Bourdaisière is known for its fifty-five hectare enclosed park. You can discover not only ancient trees such as cedars, redwoods, chestnuts and oaks but also a multitude of vegetables and aromatic plants including eight hundred varieties of tomatoes. Besides the conservatory vegetable garden of the Tomato, you will find behind it the "Dahliacolor" which is a contemporary garden made up of two hundred and ten varieties of dahlias. An educational walkway has been set up for visitors, but above all as a school in nature. This advocates contemporary environmental and societal issues. La Bourdaisière is also a Charming Hotel with twenty-five rooms, a restaurant offering family cuisine, an outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court, a jogging path and walks in the undergrowth.
Discover the Château d'Ussé
In the heights of the Indre and the Loire, you have a tourist and historical must-see. This is the Château d'Ussé. It is a frame that seems to be directly inspired by the fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty".
A historical monument
The castle of Ussé is before a historic site. It also entered the list of historical monuments of France in 1931 and 1951. Do not be satisfied with appreciating the external beauty of its tower which dates from the Middle Ages or its facade from the Renaissance or its style pavilion classic. Inside, you will have exhibitions of tapestries, Chinese porcelain or even oriental weapons, all year round.
600 ha of one-of-a-kind gardens
The Château d'Ussé is also 600 ha of parkland resulting from the work of Le Nôtre. It is the same architect who was at the origin of the garden of Versailles. Perfectly laid out, with its rows of orange trees and century-old trees as well as its terrace: the Château d'Ussé really takes on the air of a fairy tale. Enough to ensure you a maximum of change of scenery. Beautiful, the castle of Ussé is also part of the world heritage of humanity by UNESCO.
Open to the public
Since 1975, it has been an essential tourist site. It is open to the public and welcomes more than 100,000 tourists from all over the world every year. You will find it 15 km from Chinon and 42 km from Tours. Come without an appointment.
Distance between the of the Loire valley and Paris airports