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July 29th, 2010
Azay-le-Rideau 370014 37190
Indre-et-Loire Centre
47.262 0.466 45 m

The castle entrance, Azay-le-Rideau

One view.
Other view. (4 images).

The entrance of the castle with the monumental main staircase with straight banisters, of Renaissance style.

The current Azay-le-Rideau, on bank of Indre river tributary of the Loire river, 16th 19th centuries, Renaissance style, was built between 1518 and 1527, by Gilles Berthelot,? -1529, treasurer of King François Ier, and his wife Philippa Lesbahy on the ruins of a castle built in 1119 and destroyed in 1418. Property offered in 1535 by Antoine Francois Raffin, a fellow soldier. The castle bought during the French Revolution by the Marquis Charles de Biencourt, 1747-1824, was sold to the French government in 1905. Historical Monument.

Although built on bank of the INDRE river, a tributary of the LOIRE, the Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau is one Chateau of the Loire . It is classified as historical monuments since 1840.

_ The LOIRE river, the “last wild river” and longest of France, takes its source at 1048 meters of altitude in the Massif-Central on mount "Mont Gerbier de Jonc", in the Sainte-Eulalie commune in Ardèche departement, and after a course of 1 012.7 kilometers through a catchment area of 117,000 km², 1/5 of the French territory, is thrown by a broad estuary in the Atlantic Ocean in the Loire-Atlantique departement, in Saint-Nazaire, where the flow can go down to 100 m³/s and can very largely exceed 5000 m³/s. the Loire Valley from Sully-sur-Loire in Loiret departement to Saint-Florent-le-Vieil in Maine-et-Loire, is registered since the year 2000 with the World heritage of UNESCO, for its biological diversity and its historical and cultural richness. The Loire river description.

AZAY-LE-RIDEAU is a French commune, located in the departement of Indre-et-Loire in the Centre region, populated by 3442 Ridellois in 2006, spread across 27.3 km² is 125.9 inhabitants per km².

The city of Azay-le-Rideau, bisected by the River Indre tributary of the Loire, is located in the regional park Loire-Anjou-Touraine.

The town of Azay-le-Rideau is producing wines, Denomination of Origin checked.

My images of Azay-le-Rideau.
My images of the Loire river valley.

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