Chateau de Chenonceau

Chateau de Chenonceau

Chateau de Chenonceau is a former Royal residence situated in the village of Chenonceaux, in the Indre-et-Loire département of France.

 

 

Location: Indre- et- Loire département     Map

Bus, Train: from Tours

Tel. 02- 47 23 90 07

Open: daily

Official site

 

History of Chateau de Chenonceau

Chateau de Chenonceau was constructed on a former mill that stood here since the 11th century. Chateau was subsequently built here, however in 1412 it was torched to punish its owner. New palace replaced medieval structure in the 16th century. French Renaissance mansion was erected under supervision of an architect Philibert de l'Orme. Catherine de Medici, widow of king Henry II, used to favor this place above other residences. She used to throw lavish parties, inviting her friends over. Ironically before her husband's death a mistress of her deceased spouse Diane de Poitiers used to live here. After the French Revolution the residence became private mansion. During World War I it briefly served as a hospital for wounded French soldiers. During the Second World War the mansion as a bridge to cross the river Cher. While one bank was technically under German occupation the other side considered to be a Nazi free zone.