Loire Valley

Château de Chambord Château de Chenonceau Blois Paris River Loire Leonardo de Vinci leonardo weekend Catherine de' Medici
 Santanu Misra / November 22, 2004
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River Loire is one of the four major rivers of France. It had always

major importance to France. In the Medieval time or the best time of

French civilization French Rules and noble men of that time had built

lot of Chateau (castles) along this river. It is very close to Paris,

which is one of the reasons to built their weekend home for hunting and

relaxation here.

We only visited three castles that Sunday. We started with Blois, this

castle was built by four generation in four different style. It started

with Gothic style but later the Renaissance and other part were added.

This castle is not very big compared to other castles witch was lived by

the kings. But it always had special importance in terms of the power.

From Blois we went to Chenonceau, this one is famous for its garden. It

is also known as ladies castle as it was construction works were

supervised by ladies. It was build by Briaonnet family but later used by

Catherine de Medici widow of King Henry II. This castle is built on the

top of river Cher. The history about this chateau is very long and

interesting. If you get some time please read the same at


For that day, the last castle was Chambord. It was built by the young

king Francois-I. He really loved this one for his hunting pleasure. But

out of his 32 years as king, he just stayed 42 days in this place. It

has more than 300 chimneys. The double spiral staircase is at the center

of the Greek crossed Chateau. The plan was designed and supervised by

Leonardo de Vinci.

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