Property of the Crown, then royal residence, the castle of Chenonceau is an exceptional site, by its original design, the wealth of its collections, its furniture and its decoration, but also by its fate, because it was loved, administered and protected by outstanding women and who, for the greater part, made history.
« Château des Dames » (Castle of the ladies) for the history of France, built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet, embellished successively by Diane of Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, Chenonceau was saved from the rigors of the Revolution by Madam Dupin. This feminine imprint is present everywhere, protecting it from conflicts and from wars to make for a long time a peaceful place.
Throughout its history, this symbolic castle always attracted the talents and inspired the biggest artists. To transmit the beauty, to ally the elegance of the architecture to that of the spirit, it is the sharing of a sophisticated lifestyle.
Chenonceau possesses an exceptional museum collection of great masters' paintings: Murillo, Tintoret, Nicolas Poussin, Corrège, Rubens, Primatice, Van Loo... As well as an extremely rare one selection of Tapestries of Flanders of the XVIth century..
In the Castle of Chenonceau, the putting in flowers of each of the rooms, luxuriously furnished, still adds to the refinement. Room of the five queens, lounge Louis XIV, big gallery on the Cher, surprising kitchens built in the piles of the bridge, the green office of Catherine de Medici... On every step, Chenonceau transports you through the history, its dreams and its secrets..
Visionary castle of the Renaissance in the Age of the Enlightenment, Chenonceau permanently fed on the innovation, the heir of the biggest thinkers and the philosophers of moment. Its hosts come from the whole world discover today, the quality of its welcome, thanks to an open visit or audio visit guided with the video iPod (in 11 languages).