Laura’s castle. Sights of France

Valley Loire – This is the largest French territory listed in the world heritage of UNESCO, and the castles located on it best demonstrate the art of live in French.

Castle Slyly ChâTeau de Sully-sur-Loire

Schilli Palace with his impressive medieval architecture, which is the property of the Department of Loire today, towers over Lairo for seven centuries. With its high tower, moat with water and impressive frame structures, the castle is a keeper of the rich history of France.

In the Palace, Maximilian de Betuun, more famous for the Duke of Schilli, the famous Minister Henry IV, can be discovered for himself the story of this family, which owned the castle for four centuries!

Valence Castle ChâTeau de ValençAY

Valence Castle and his beautiful park were founded by Louis XIII on the site of the old feudal fortress. Over time, the architecture of the castle underwent various changes, surprisingly combining the styles of early renaissance and classicism.

In 1803, the castle, purchased by Napoleon Bonaparte, goes to the possession of Charles Maurice de Talilaran-Foregorover, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Empire, so that he could take his honored guests in it.

Today Valence Castle is the property of the General Committee of the Endre Department. Every year more than 100,000 people attended him. Its walls present a unique collection of furniture of the era of Louis XVI and the period of the Empire.

Park and forest array belonging to the castle stretched more than 50 hectares.

A visit to the castle is possible accompanied by an audio guide in 6 languages; The tour includes castle cuisine, Napoleon’s Labyrinth, Child Castle, Farm, Flower Garden, French Garden, Equipped with Sound Support. Tourists are also provided with a unique opportunity to stroll through the castle in the costumes of that era.

Prestigious events are often held in the castle: light extravagancies "Walking in candlelight", Concerts and performances that take place on the stage of the Little Theater, built in 1810 by order of Talleyran as entertainment for the future king of Spain Ferdinand VII, concluded in "Golden dungeon" Valance Castle for 6 years.

In the greenhouse, directly opposite the castle, a cozy restaurant is located 150 seats and a bookstore offering a huge selection of books and souvenirs related to the history of the castle and the life of his famous owner.

Castle Shambor ChâTeau de Chambord

Away from the casual fuss, under the open sky the castle shampor rises. Located less than two hours by south from Paris Castle Shambor opens you the doors of the Loire Valley, the River, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is indisputable to the fact that Shambor is the biggest and most charming of all castles of France Renaissance era.

The ownership of the castle is obscured by the fence, the length of which is almost 32 km. Her construction was started still in the Epoch of Francis I. In the National Wildlife Nature Reserve, the area of ​​which is equal to the Paris Square, deer and boars, as well as numerous types of plants and animals. On foot or by bike enjoying the calmness of nature, you can watch animals walking on specially designated territories.

You can not get around the screw staircase, Apartments Francis I and Louis XIV, Carved Lands of the Second Floor and Terraces.

The castle was conceived not as a permanent residence, but as a hunting house. Francis I loved to come here to enjoy the rest. He stopped in the castle for a while, leaving it completely empty after each move, as a result, the construction of the castle was not even completed.

Nobody knows the architect of the Stone Palace, but it is believed that the castle was erected according to the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, in particular this refers to the famous screw staircase. For centuries, well-known persons, including the kings of France, among which the most famous – the king-sun Louis XIV, visited the castle and contributed to its transformation.

Cheverni Castle ChâTeau de Cheverny

Sheverni, one of the castles of Loire, is known for the sophistication of its authentic interior and a unique collection of furniture.

Until now, the castle is private property and permanent residence of his hosts. Sheverni was discovered for visiting in 1922. The castle served as a prototype for the castle Mulensar, known for comics about the tanta of the Belgian artist Erie. Permanent exposure "Mulensara riddles" Forces visitors to plunge into the events of the corresponding era, which unfolded in the walls of the castle.

Recently, two new gardens were opened for visitors:

Garden consent, stretching from the castle itself to the greenhouse. Now the garden, solved in modern concepts, covers the entire space occupied by the French-style garden earlier.

Garden-garden, where flowers, grapes, vegetables and fruit shrubs are planted in chess.

From April to November, you can make an interesting walk on a boat or ride an electric car in the vicinity of the castle.

Castle Blois ChâTeau Royal de Blois

Royal Castle Blois, opening the doors to the kingdom of the Loire Valley, is a place of concentration of power, the residence of kings. The castle built in the XVII century and combining the masterpiece of the Renaissance times and the work of the XIX century restorers, represents the unity of history and French medieval architecture.

Rich inner interior, with renovated paintings and sculptures, gives the palace incomparable shine. The castle came to life like a magic: a new layout of Royal Apartments Francis I, Restored Decorations, Changed Lighting, Restored Furniture, Practical Information Boards, Music Animation, Fencing Representations, On Turning On All Summer – All this makes the palace to shine as a jewel in the heart of the Valley Loire.

Signing each other in the royal residence of Blois for four centuries Kings and Queen turned this place in the treasure of French architecture.

The Haston Corps of Orleans, built by architect Francois Manzar at about 1635 goal, is a masterpiece of classical French architecture.

The castle is open daily, except January 1 and December 25.

In the summer in the courtyard of the castle, you can observe speeches by historical fencing: the actors restore the scenes of historical fights.

Every evening, starting from Easter and until the end of September in the courtyard of the Blois castle, a musical and light performance passes. The festival of sound and light special effects complements the grand architecture of the palace. Spectators are immersed in the magical world of color and light, reproducing important events in the history of the castle.

Castle Schomon-sur-Laur CHâTEAU ET Festival Des Jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loire

The estate of Schomon-sur-Luar includes the Castle of Schomon-sur-Lair and the International Festival of Gardens.

Schomon-sur-Loir Castle (XV-XIX centuries.) and its landscape park, planted with century oaks, form a single colorful complex located on the driving shores of Loire. It was here that the brilliant minds of that era were held, among which Ekaterina Medici, Diana de Poitiers, Nostradamus, Rugery, Benjamin Franklin, Germen de Stelle, as well as the Bang’s princess de Brogli, who turned the Schomon-sur-Loir to the place of refined life to French manner.

Composed in the elegant and avant-garde traditions of the castle of Schomon-sur-Loir, who inspired the great writers (Balzac, Vinya and Prut) and artists (such as Roden, Polenk), a modern cultural program determines the rhythm of the life of the estate.

International Gardens Festival is held in the castle park. The 26 re-created gardens that create an amazing panorama of world landscape creativity are represented annually. This is a unique meeting of gardens and professionals, which at the same time is a source of numerous ideas and young talents, as well as an exhibition of creatures of world-famous landscape designers. For 17 years, about 400 gardens were created on the territory of Schomon-sur-Louar.

Castle Shenonso ChâTeau de Chenonceau

Schononce Castle – the most visited tourists after the Versailles Royal Palace.

For many years, Schononce Castle is a symbol of French culture, its global recognition. The unique architecture of the castle in combination with the surrounding landscapes: Gardens Diana de Poitiers and Catherine Medici, the famous labyrinth – always caused delight from visitors.

The castle is located a unique collection of pictures of famous masters, as well as an extensive collection of the XVI century trellis from Flanders.

For more than 20 years, the castle, at the insistence of its owners and the keeper, takes on its walls of the exhibition of the well-known modern artists and sculptors.

Equipped with the latest technology, Castle Schononso is the only castle of the Loire Valley, which offers visitors of the video guide in 11 languages ​​for the iPod player. The guide includes photo archives and many other sections with interesting information.

In the castle, tourists are also offered all the variety of entertainment activities and additional services: High Kitchen Restaurant L’Orangerie, Self-Service Restaurant, Tea Salon, Wax Museum "Galery de Dam"; In warm weather, you can make a boat walk, see the garden farm, the farm of the XVI century and the student atelier, where you make up beautiful bouquets for decorating the interiors of the castle.

Royal Castle Amboise CHâTeau Royal d’AMBOISE

At the dawn of Renaissance, the powerful medieval fortress of Amboaz is inferior to the place of residence of the kings of France Karl VIII and Francis I. The courtyard consisted of numerous enlightened persons and artists who lived in the castle at the invitation of the kings themselves; One of these people was Leonardo da Vinci, the body of which rests in the chapel of the castle.

This France history center has a rare collection of furniture in the Gothic style and the Renaissance style, which transfers the beauty and subtlety of the execution of works by the masters of that era. After visiting the royal apartments and the impressive knightly towers, walks can be continued in luxurious panoramic gardens, towering over Luar.


Villalandry – Castle of the Renaissance, famous for his gardens. Villalandry – one of the last castles of that era built on the shores of Loire. The castle is distinguished by a well-thought-out harmonious combination of old architecture and gardens located on three different levels and attractive both from the point of view of aesthetics and from the point of view of the diversity of the flora represented in them.

In the decorative garden, flower and vegetable crops are surprisingly combined, staggered. All this is the abundance of constantly changing each other depending on the time of the year of plants, the visitors looks at three dimensions.

In the symbolic garden, many short-lived shrubs of the Samsite representing the figures – the allegory of love: musical signs, hearts, curls, butterflies; Each of the figures is a symbol of tender, passionate, non-permanent or tragic love.

The water garden is the most pacifying: the main role in it is assigned a pond, fountains scattered among green lushes breathing tranquility. This is the perfect place to relax, where you can get to dreams.

The garden ensemble is complemented by a garden of medicinal herbs, in which medical and culinary herbs are presented, and a labyrinth of robust arrays.

Since 1906, Villalandry castle belongs to a noble family Karllo. It is one of the representatives of this name, Joachim Carvallo, in 1910 the idea of ​​creating gardens came to mind. The castle that the previous time was rebuilt and was restored in the XVIII century, quite recently survived the next restoration work. This is a very warm family castle, where every detail and every object of the interior breathes the Spirit of the past.

Villalandry Castle is located three hours away by car from Paris (RUSSA A10, departure №24 (JOUé-LèS-Tours) further the A85 track, in the direction of Saumur (SAUMUR), departure №8 (Villandry).

By train: 55 minutes from Paris-Montparnasse (Paris-Montparnasse), then 20 minutes by taxi from the tours station (Tours) or St. Pierre-de Corps (Saint-Pierre-Des-Corps).

Castle Clo-Lose CHâTeau du Clos Lucé Leonardo Da Vinci Park Parc Leonardo Da Vinci

Last dwelling Leonardo da Vinci

Castle Clo-Lyus – Last Zhilice Leonardo da Vinci. It turned into a memorial dedicated to the art and a variety of talents of the Creator from Tuscany. From the civil and military engineer to Botany, from the architect to the musician – such a range of creative intuition Leonardo da Vinci, who carefully studied the world around.

At the invitation of the French king Franciska, Leonardo da Vinci lived in Clo-Lose for the last three years of his life, completing work in the inventions. May 2, 1519, Leonardo da Vinci did not become.

Visitors will see the bedroom, the kitchen, the office, the halls in the Renaissance style, the chapel with the frescoes written by his students, and 40 inventions of various profiles: military affair, construction, mechanics, air and hydraulic apparatus.

Leonardo Da Vinci Park: Landscape route, acquainting us with the world of Knowledge of Tuscan Matra

Visitors will learn about the sources of its inspiration and see 16 giant acting machines and 32 transparent canvas with a height of 3×4 meters, on which the drawings and details of the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci are presented. From 8 acoustic installations there is a voice of Jean PIA, quoting the thought of the Tuscan genius of the Renaissance.

New 2008: "Leonardo Garden – Leonardo and Nature", Implementation with the participation of the most prominent researchers and scientific specialists. For the first time in the landscape park of the castle of CLO-Lyus, plant drawings, geological and hydrodynamic studies, as well as Laonardo da Vinci landscapes. Two-storey bridge created by the imagination of Matra and implemented by masters from the Association "Companion dew" – This invitation to walk among landscapes – vegetation and cascades that Leonardo admired.

Laura's castle. Sights of France

Castle Aze-le-Rido CHâTEAU D’Azay-Le-Rideau

Aze-le-Rido Castle, sophistication of the beginning of the Renaissance.

In the heart of the romantic park, on the island in the middle of the Endre River, there is a castle of Aze-le-Rido, which is a masterpiece of the architecture of the XVI century. He retained all the sophistication and elegance of Renaissance castles.

In July and August, a music and light show is held in the castle.

Lange Castle ChâTeau de Langeais

On the border of Anjou and the Turnya is Lange, consisting of two castles, which are a unique historical and architectural heritage.

On a rock, towering over Laoi, there are remnants of the oldest stone tower of France, built by the most powerful Count Anzhuy – Fulka Nerra – approximately 1000.

The second castle was built at the end of the XV century. Louis Xi wished to become the owner of such a fortress, with towers and walls of which can be controlled by the right bank of Loire. The facades located in the courtyard of the building, decorated with narrow windows, transmit all the charming subtlety of the Renaissance. These walls were solved by the fates of France and Brittany.

Numerous tapestries, furniture and art objects belonging to the end of the Middle Ages are stored in the castle.

Castle Shinon Forterese Royale de Chinon

Shinon Castle was built in 945 by the Count theobald I de Blois (Tibo Pluto) during the Board of the Valua dynasty. The castle is located on the top of the cliff. By the end of the XII century, Heinrich II Plantagenet made a castle with his residence, turning it into the fortress.

Shinon occupies a very important place among the entire castle complex of the Loire Valley. Even in the Middle Ages, in view of an important strategic position around the castle, a powerful wall was erected.

The story of the Castle of Shinon is closely related to the events of the Century War, with the names of Joan D’Ark and King Charles VII, whose first meeting occurred in the castle walls. Zhanna d’Ark managed to convince the king to oppose his opponents and give a worthy rebound of the British army.

The castle not only has a rich historical past, but also is famous for its collection of a sleeper, the most famous in the world. Today, Shinon is just a trail of the left era, but, looking from afar on the castle standing on the top of the mountain, you can feel the power and majesty he was famous in the past.

Royal Abbey Fononewo Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud

Being one of the largest monastic monastery of Europe, the royal necropolme of plantagenets, the Abbey Fontiewly strikes not so much with its size as the originality. The majestic monastery church of the XII century keeps the tombstones of Richard Lion Heart, Eleonora Aquitan and Heinrich II. The fontourism abbey was founded in 1001 by Robert D’Arbrissel, who from the very foundation introduced double rules for admission to the abbey of men and women. Consistently controlled by the thirty-six priorities, the abbey remained privileged evidence of the history of France. On the eve of the French revolution, it was the most powerful of all French abbey, Napoleon turned him into prison to save from destruction.

Today is a cultural center of meetings Abbey Fontiewero. It hosts concerts, seminars and exhibitions, this is the place of residence of representatives of creative professions.

Abbey is the main outstanding in the territory of the Loire Valley, thanks to which it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Castle Saumur châTeau de Saumur

During the second half of the XIV century, Louis, the first Duke of Anjuic, Brother King Charles V, turned the fortress of his ancestor of the Saint Louis in a country residence.

In 1480, after the death of Rene, the last Duke of Anjou, Saumour was returned to the King of France, Louis Xi. Throughout its further history, the castle was a residence of the governors of the city, a prison, Arsenal; In 1906, he was bought at the city, and in it is located in the city museum.

For 10 years in the building there is a restoration that, unfortunately, prevents the visits to the castle halls.

Part of the exhibition of the equestrian museum is presented in the lounges of the time exposure.

Frame Nair de Somur Cadre Noir de Saumur

Castle Anzher ChâTeau d’Angers

In the heart of Angers, 7 towers of the medieval fortress built on the orders of the Holy Louis approximately in 1232. Over the centuries, the castle continued to be decorated with residential buildings and gardens. Today in its walls is stored "Tapestry apocalypse" – The main creation of medieval branded art.

A variety of cultural program supports life in the castle throughout the year.

Castle Breton Dukes CHâTeau Des Ducs de Bretagne

Among the castles of Loire, the castle of Breton Dukes is closest to the Atlantic Ocean. It is located in the historic heart of Nanta, the former colonial and industrial port, which later became the largest city of West France. The castle is the most famous monument of the city, as well as the most old, along with the Cathedral of St. Peter.

It is a fortress with a long wall of 500 meters, during which 7 towers are located. This urban fortress was built in the end of the Middle Ages Duke Francis II and his daughter Anna Bretonskaya to protect the independence of Breton Duchy from the French kingdom. The fortress wall protects the Ducal Palace of the XV century, built of white sandstone in the Renaissance style, as well as other buildings – the XVI and XVII centuries. Attracts the whiteness of the buildings, their elegance, carved sophistication against the background of coarse exterior walls. The building found to historical monuments will soon be completely renovated.

Museum of History Nantes

In the castle of Breton Dukes there is a new Museum of History of Nanta, belonging to the Museums of France. His collection in 32 halls of the old Ducal Palace of the XV century filled with multimedia equipment, has 850 items of contemporary art. The museum creates a portrait of the city, covering his past, present and future. This portrait includes the great events of European and world history, starting with the era of the Nante Edicta and ending with the coups of the XX century, passing through the time of colonial commerce and slave trade. This is the Nantes, what are his writers, poets, artists and cinematographers, and of course, this image is true. The castle and the new museum located in it also fit into modern ideas about folk treasure.

Thanks to the earthen shaft, passing around, you can admire the fortress from different sides: it is internal buildings and city views. In the garden, seated by magnolias, which is a symbol of the history of Nantes, you can walk along the fortress walls. Especially delightful view of the castle at night. Night lights emphasizes the beauty of the entire architectural ensemble.

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