Sunday, July 8, 2012

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau, France

The Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau was built from 1515 to 1527.  It is one of the earliest French Renaissance Chateaux.  It was built on an island in the Indre River at Azay-le-Rideau.

Built on the foundations of a medieval fortress in the heart of Touraine, the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau is the creation of a wealthy financier of François I, Gilles de Berthelot. Standing in the centre of a romantic park, this masterpiece of 16th-century architecture has preserved, with the passing years, all the refinement, elegance and grace of an exceptional Renaissance château. On the Unesco World Heritage list.

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