Thursday, October 08, 2009

8th October - Azay le Rideau and Chinon

The last two chateaux we're likely to be visiting are the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau and the fortress of Chinon

château on the Indre and the Loire.
Here you arrive at one of the most beautiful gems of the Renaissance. Built under the reign of King François I, the Château of Azay-le-Rideau stands out in its watery setting, encircled by the Indre River, in which its beautiful facades are reflected. The Château is also surrounded by a park forming a screen of greenery around it.

As to its architecture, Azay-le-Rideau offers the classic example of how Italian Renaissance influences were adapted to French styles. The grand staircase by itself is considered a masterpiece of design and construction.
Azay-le-rideau website

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