Chateaux of Touraine Loire Valley

Château of Azay-le-Rideau

Built on an island in the middle of the Indre river, in the XVI th century, this castle has survived without any major alteration. Its brilliant architecture epitomises the new ideal of the Renaissance.

Built during the reign of François I by a rich financier, the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau is one of the finest châteaux of the Loire Valley where the kings of France and their court lived sumptuously for almost a century. Azay is a gem of the early Renaissance with some superb sculptured decorative features, fine furniture, splendid portraits and tapestries which all symbolise the refinement of the unique French art de vivre of the age.


Gites, holiday cottages and bed and breakfasts in Azay-le-Rideau and surroundings

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