In the central region of France is the Loire Valley, which is characterized by a large concentration of castles of different styles and periods (224 in total, usually built in the Renaissance) of which several can be visited, and extending along one of the most important rivers in this part of the country.
Some of these castles were selected to be part of world heritage according to UNESCO, and all these wonders are found just two hours from Paris .
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Below is information about the main castles that are part of the Loire Valley.
Castle Chenonceau, Located on the Cher River in the Loire Valley, is known as the " Castle of the Ladies " and " Castle Bridge " due to the influence of important women in the history of the castle, as Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medici, among other . It is a work of sixteenth-century French Renaissance and is the private historical monument with the highest number of visitors from France. This castle features a unique collection of paintings by such masters as Poussin, Murillo, Rubens, Tintoretto, among others. The castle has 2 beautiful gardens that are on each side of the Marques Tower, which in turn in the only remnant of the original castle after its destruction.
Castle Chambord, It is the largest of the castles of the Loire Valley, is in the midst of largest forest park in Europe and was established to serve as a hunting lodge of Francis I. It is a castle that impresses not only by its 156 feet of frontage but also by the splendor of its interior that has 426 rooms, 282 fireplaces and 77 staircases. In addition, its open double helix staircase is one of the main attractions of the castle. Inside you can find the Museum of Hunting and Nature .
Castle Amboise The royal castle of Amboise is part of the castles of the Loire Valley. It was built on top of the hill overlooking the Loire river visually at the entrance to the entrance to the city today. It is famous because it houses the tomb of Leonardo Da Vinci subsequently defiled, and to serve as a residence for the revival of several kings of France. Louis XII invited Leonardo da Vinci to a stay at the castle of Clos Lucé, near the royal residence. The castle was the site of the conspiracy of Amboise in 1560, anticipating the conflict between Catholics and Protestants in France. From Henry III of France , stay in the castle of the kings became less frequent. Much of the castle was demolished during the First Empire, and Louis-Philippe, who inherited the castle from his mother, remodeled by destroying the old walls adjoining houses and redecorated the Louis XII wing.
Castle Blois The royal castle of Blois is one of the main castles of France, was erected in the center of the city, and represents the synthesis of architecture and history of the Loire. Your patio offers a true panorama of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the seventeenth century. It was the residence 7 kings and 10 queens of France, is a place that evokes the power and daily life of the Court during the Renaissance, as they display their royal apartments, lavishly furnished and magnificent polychrome decorations. Its architecture is complex mixture of 4 styles, the Board of the United Gothic style, the Louis XII wing flamboyant Gothic style, Francis I of Italian style with its famous monumental staircase wing and wing Gaston Orleans classic style. It was in this castle that Joan of Arc is blessed before leaving in 1429 to fight the British. It was built according to plans by one of the most renowned architects of the time: François Mansart.