Château d'Azay-Le-Rideau: The Jewel of the French Renaissance
Azay-le-Rideau castle is a monument that is part of the network of Centres des Monuments Nationaux (the CMN) under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and Communication. This castle is classified as a historic monument.
Where is it?
The Château d'Azay-le-Rideau is located in the small town of Azay-le-Rideau and is part of the Châteaux de la Loire circuit, in the department of Indre et Loire in the Centre Val de Loire region.
Considered to be the fifth most visited castle in the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau castle has a long history.
It was in 1510 that the bourgeois and Mayor of Tours, Gilles Berthelot, decided to purchase the castle and begin work on it in 1515, during the reign of François I. His aim was to make it an elegant residence by taking over certain elements of the medieval fortification. However, his excess wealth and his need to show it off earned him accusations of embezzlement and theft from the treasury. At a party organised by Louis XIV, Francis I had to find someone to blame for his permanent bankruptcy. It was at this point that Gilles Berthelot fled to Cambrai in 1528, abandoning his still unfinished castle.
On this picture you can see the castle of Azay-le-Rideau, on the Indre river in the middle of a vast vegetation.
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