Photo: A French Château for the Romantic

July 14th, 2009 by Smithsonian Journeys
The romantic Chenonceau is one of the best known and most visited Loire chateaux. Photo: MLDF/Daniel Philips

The romantic Chenonceau is one of the best known and most visited Loire chateaux. Photo: MDLF/Daniel Philippe

Built on the river Cher, where the unique beauty of its architecture reflects in the water, the Château de Chenonceau is one of France’s most romantic chateaux. Surrounded by a formal garden and park, the château is remarkable for its architecture and history as well as the fine quality of its interior collections. Built on the site of an old mill on the Cher River in the Loire Valley, the first generation castle was first mentioned in writing in the 11th century. Known as the château de femmes for the strong female impression made by its many woman inhabitants, the château is a mixture of late Gothic and Renaissance style.

View this lovely and romantic castle for yourself on our journeys to France.

What’s your favorite romantic or striking castle?

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One Response to “Photo: A French Château for the Romantic”

  1. LimogesBoxCollector Says:

    Love Chenonceau castle – one of the most beautiful chateaux in the Loire valley. Great photo!

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