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  • Château of Azay-le-Rideau Skip-the-Line Ticket

    1. Château of Azay-le-Rideau Skip-the-Line Ticket

    The Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built in the heart of Loire Valley during the reign of François I, and offers all the charm of the Renaissance. It is a 16th-century architectural masterpiece, rising up from an island formed by the Indre River, and is situated within a romantic 19th-century park. The château boasts a colorful history. In 1510, Gilles Berthelot acquired the seigneurie and fortress of Azay, rebuilding it in the sumptuous Italian style that was popular at the time. After Berthelot's relative Semblança, who had been aiding Berthelot in building his wealth in the region, was accused of embezzlement and executed, Berthelot fled. The château was then given by François I to his companion-in-arms, Antoine Rafin, and his descendants, who lived there until the 18th century, after which it fell into the possession of the Marquis Charles de Biencourt, responsible for the château's b...

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4.6 / 5

based on 32 reviews

We chose the formula of a personal visit to discover this little wonder on the Cher and we were not disappointed !!! You have to go there yourself, to receive full force, this emotion around the gate of the castle. You can have read all the manuals, do not miss the little anecdotes of which the excellent guide has the secret !! Visit the park at the end of the afternoon, one autumn day (the best season!) To have the sublime images of the reflection of the castle turrets on the moat water and the sunlight on the foliage of the trees centenarians. ESSENTIAL visit. Nadine L