Centre Val De Loire

Chateau de Chambord

Chateau de Chambord – Leonardo da Vinci

The Renaissance Chateau de Chambord built in the Loire Valley for François I boasts 440 rooms and a double helix staircase designed by Leonardo da Vinci

Usse Castle - Cedar of Lebanon to the left of the castle

Usse Castle – Sleeping Beauty’s Chateau

Usse Castle in the Loire Valley, the source of inspiration for the writer Charles Perrault when he sought a setting for his fairytale Sleeping Beauty

Amboise Castle – Early Renaissance Chateau

Amboise Castle – Early Renaissance Chateau

Amboise Castle, the first Renaissance chateau built in the Loire Valley includes the Chapelle St-Hubert where Leonardo da Vinci is believed to be buried

Azay le Rideau Castle

Azay le Rideau Castle – Chateau Renaissance

Azay le Rideau Castle along the Indre in the Loire Valley, a masterpiece of French Renaissance architecture and small replica of the Chateau de Chenonceau

Chateau de Chaumont sur Loire - Fireplace with porcupine emblem

Chateau de Chaumont sur Loire – Diane de Poitiers

Chateau de Chaumont sur Loire, also known as Chateau de Diane de Poitiers, the favourite of Henri II, is known for its lavish decoration and stables

Chateau de Langeais and formal gardens

Chateau de Langeais – Keep – Castle Loire Valley

Chateau de Langeais, a traditional medieval fortress built next to Fulk Nerra’s keep, the oldest stone dungeon remaining in France

Chateau de Plessis les Tours - Seen from the gardens

Chateau de Plessis les Tours – Loire Valley

Chateau de Plessis les Tours in the outskirts of Tours in the Loire Valley, the only remaining building of the castle where King Louis XI died in 1483

Chateau de Sully sur Loire - Fortress and Petit Château

Chateau de Sully sur Loire – Castle Loire Valley

The Chateau de Sully sur Loire was bought by Maximilien de Béthune Lord of Rosny, a brilliant administrator and financier, and eminence grise of Henri IV

Chateau du Clos Luce and its loggia

Chateau du Clos Luce – Leonardo da Vinci

Chateau du Clos Luce in Amboise, the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci, runs a permanent exhibition of 40 of his most famous inventions recreated by IBM

Germigny des Pres Church - Mosaic in cupola

Germigny des Pres Church – Carolingian architecture

Germigny des Pres Church, one of the oldest churches in France and rare illustration of Carolingian architecture, boasts a 1500-year old mosaic from Ravenna

The River Loire and Valley near Saumur

The River Loire and the Grande Levée d’Anjou

La Grande Levée d’Anjou restrains the River Loire, the longest French river and last untamed river of Europe, from flooding its rich alluvial valley

St Cosme Priory near Tours - Vestiges of the church

St Cosme Priory – Loire Valley – Ronsard

St Cosme Priory was founded near Tours in 1092, his prior Pierre de Ronsard was the co-founder of the French Renaissance poetry group known as La Pléiade

Loire Valley - Gabare

April 6 2017

Loire Valley, the Royal Valley

The Loire Valley is also known as the Royal Valley because of the many chateaux the kings of the French Renaissance and their vassals built along the river
Aerial photo of the Chateau de Chinon

December 17 2016

Chateau de Chinon – Loire Valley – History

Chateau de Chinon, restored ruins of the fortress built by Henry II of England where Joan of Arc came to serve King Charles VII during the Hundred years War
Cycling along the Loire River

October 28 2016

Cycling along the Loire River

The best cycling routes along the Loire River, a series of trails that follow the river from its spring in Auvergne downwards to its mouth in the Atlantic
Chateau de Villandry and gardens

May 26 2016

Villandry Renaissance Chateau – Gardens

The Renaissance Chateau and gardens of Villandry in the Loire Valley, fully restored by Joachim Carvallo, and today registered as UNESCO's World Heritage

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