The Chateau de Chenonceau

November 10th, 2010 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.

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

 What’s your favorite romantic or striking castle? 

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2 Responses to “The Chateau de Chenonceau”

  1. James Roguski Says:

    Wow, I’ve heard of castle’s having moats around them, but this is absolutely spectacular. We have been planning a trip to France and this is certainly worth considering. Thank you for bringing this beautiful building to everyone’s attention.

  2. LimogesBoxCollector Says:

    This is one of most outstanding chateaux I have visited in France – just love it!

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