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Chateau Azay-Le-Rideau in the Loire Valley

chateau Azay le Rideau on the river Indre in the Loire Valley in France

Resting on an island in the river Indre,chateau Azay-le-Rideau is one of the loveliest and most visited chateau of  the Loire Valley. It was built during the reign of François I in the Renaissance style by Gilles Berthelot on the site of a former small fortified castle, its turreted façade is reflected in the still waters of the river making time itself appear to stand still.

The small turrets of Chateau de Azay-le-Pideau suspended over the water of the river Indre

The small turrets suspended over the water are testimony to the woman who had inspired the chateau’s design, Philippe Lesbahy, the courageous wife of Gilles Berthelot who was unable to complete the reconstruction after the disgrace and then the death of her husband.

dining room in chateau Azay le Rideau   drawing room in chateau Azay le Rideau

bedroom in chateau Azay le Rideau   billiard room in chateau Azay le Rideau

Inside the chateau all the rooms are furnished, which is not true of all the chateaux of the Loire Valley,in a variety of period styles making the visit even more pleasurable.

arched window in chateau Azay le Rideau

There is a wonderful view of the gardens from the chateau, these are well worth a walk round to view the many examples of ‘world trees’ offering shade from the hot summer’s sun.

view through leaded window in chateau Azay le Rideau

Should you wish to stay on to view the elaborate son-et-lumière (sound and light) show, which is one of the best in the region, it takes place, during July and August daily at 9.00pm 'til midnight.

 chateau Azay le Rideau iluminated

Open every day
October to March : 10 am to 5:00 pm
April to June and in September : 9:30 am to 6 pm
July and August : 9:30 am to 7 pm
Last admissions 1h before closing. 

on January 1, May 1 and December 25


Adult rate : 10.00 € 
Reduced rate : 8.00


Free on the first Sunday of the month from November to March

Visit official website of the chateau here


Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau on Wikipedia



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