Castles of the Loire Valley, Paris
Castles of the Loire Valley are architectural structures, located in the Loire Valley, near Paris, in three ancient provinces Orleans, Touraine, Anjou and northern Berry. Most of them were built in the Middle Ages, but much later rebuilt in the Renaissance, when the French kings lived on the banks of the Loire and its tributaries. Under the Loire castles and involve a number of other historic buildings located in the basin of the river, and once belonged to the aristocratic families.
Traditionally, the Loire castles include Palace 42, although the total number is 300. Most famous of them : Chambord, Amboise, Chenonceau and Cheverny, Chaumont -sur-Loire, Saumur.
Chambord castle is striking not only for its value ( in the castle - 440 rooms and 365 fireplaces ), but innovation and architecture. Initially, it was a castle for hunting, which will Francis I was turned into one of the finest Renaissance buildings. It is believed that the first draft of its building designed by Leonardo da Vinci himself.
Castle - Castle of Amboise played a significant role in the history of France. It was built by Charles VIII and his wife Anne of Brittany. Castle occupies a prime location on a high plateau above the Loire, which made it inaccessible to the enemy strategically. In the chapel of the castle houses the remains of Leonardo da Vinci, who came to France at the invitation of the French king Francis I and spent the rest of his days in the nearby village of Clos Lucé.
Chenonceau Castle - one of the most beautiful castles in the XVII century. This magnificent building on the water at the first sight of it is breathtaking. It is the second most visited, after Versailles, France and the main castle - in the Loire Valley. It is also called a woman as well as its construction and prosperity he owes exclusively to women. His name is linked destinies of famous women of France, Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitiers, Louise Lorraine. In 1547 Henry II gave Chenonceau to his favorite Diana, thanks to which the lock and preserved to this day.
Cheverny Castle is privately owned. In the XVII century the family owns de vibro. Part of the castle was turned into a museum where you can see numerous sculptures, armor, antique furniture and trophies belonging to the ancestors of the present owner.