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Loire Valley Chateaux - Azay-le-Rideau

 

chateau Azay le Rideau resting on the river Indre

 

 

Resting on an island in the river Indre, chateau Azay-le-Rideau is one of the loveliest and most visited chateau of  the Loire Valley. It was built during the reign of François I in the Renaissance style by Gilles Berthelot on the site of a former small fortified castle, its turreted façade is reflected in the still waters of the river making time itself appear to stand still.
The small turrets suspended over the water are testimony to the woman who had inspired the chateau’s design, Philippe Lesbahy, the courageous wife of Gilles Berthelot who was unable to complete the reconstruction after the disgrace and then the death of her husband.

 


 

Inside the chateau all the rooms are furnished, which is not true of all the chateaus of the Loire, in a variety of period styles making the visit even more pleasurable.
There is a wonderful view of the gardens from the chateau, these are well worth a walk round to view the many examples of ‘world trees’ offering shade from the hot summer’s sun.

 


 

Should you wish to stay on to view the elaborate son-et-lumière (sound and light) show, which is one of the best in the region, it takes place, during July and August daily at 9.00pm 'til midnight.

Open every day
October to March : 10 am to 5:15 pm
April to June and in September : 9:30 am to 6 pm
July and August : 9:30 am to 7 pm
Last admissions 1h before closing. 

Closed 
on January 1, May 1 and December 25

 

 

Adult rate : 8,50 € 
Reduced rate : 5,50

 


Visit official website of the chateau here

 

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau on Wikipedia

 

                             

 

Directions and time to Azay-le-Rideau

 

 

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