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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  • Visit the castle for my man's birthday. We did the guided tour by Jocelin, a passionate and exciting guide who has lots of references in every way. It was fantastic. We would stay and listen to it for hours. This visit was possible, for me who is almost 9 months pregnant, thanks to the loan by the castle of a small portable seat very light. I highly recommend!!
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  • Seeing Azay-le-Rideau Castle is always a pure pleasure, but seeing its night gardens is a magical thing! The show The Fantastic Nights of Azay-le-Rideau takes us back to the days of Renaissance geniuses and their cabinets of curiosities. It's exciting, playful and the 3D illuminations in the park, on the chapels, the castle, the trees and the Indre are impressive. The finale on the façade of the Castle is beautiful! I highly recommend.
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  • Fairy tale chateau placed like a boat in the middle of a lake. Incredible tall trees surround it. The town is very beautiful too full of good restaurants and antique shops.
  • Wonderful ornate chateau in stunning setting. There was also an art installation of various automata and renaissance style art pieces, that kept the children interested. The secret garden is worth a visit even if you don't buy a ticket for the main chateau.
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