Loir-et-Cher Castles

Château de Chambord

The Château de Chambord is one of the most famous French castles in the world. To find out where the National Estate of Chambord is located, you have to go to the heart of Sologne, in the department of Loir-et-Cher, in the Center-Val de Loire region. This magnificent monument is bordered by the Cosson river and is located 14 km east of Blois, in the heart of the Loire Valley. Why is the Château de Chambord so famous? Built in the 16th century in the largest enclosed forest park in Europe, it is the largest castle in the Loire. Its domain extends over nearly 5500 ha. In the 10th century, the Château de Chambord was a fortified castle built to accommodate the Counts of Blois. Three centuries later, it was attached to the house of Châtillon before coming under the protection of the Dukes of Orléans in 1397.
The coronation of Louis d'Orléans in 1498 linked the fortress of Chambord to the crown of France. King of France from 1515, François I wanted to create a capital city in Romorantin and a castle in Chambord. In 1516, he convinced his friend Leonardo da Vinci to leave Italy for France.
This led to a huge construction site in 1519 on the site of Chambord to create a huge hunting residence on the site of the old fortified castle. This pharaonic site will later be stopped for a year due to the imprisonment of François I in Madrid. This interruption will lead to the simplification of the plans of the castle.

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Château de Cheverny

The Château de Cheverny inspired the Château de Moulinsart of Captain Haddock
The Château de Cheverny was built from 1624 to 1634 in the commune of Cheverny, in Sologne, in the Loir-et-Cher. Being one of the most famous Châteaux of the Loire, it was made in a classic style with stone having the particularity of whitening and hardening as it ages. Since 1840, the castle is in the list of historical monuments.
This estate has the particularity of being inhabited by the same family for more than six centuries, it is a seigneurial property. Generations after generations, each one strives, with passion, to maintain the domain and to embellish it.
The Castle has been open to the public since 1922, so the visitor can contemplate the botanical park and the interior of the castle, also passing through the Tintin exhibition and the gardens in the forest park. Thus, the owners of the Château de Cheverny invite you to discover their splendid heritage, authentic and alive.

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Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire

Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire:
The castle of poetry.
Located between Tours and Blois, the Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire is known for its poetry. It is part of the Châteaux de la Loire. This superb castle is now the property of the Public Establishment for Cultural Cooperation since January 2008 and of the Centre-Val de Loire Region since 2007, this Château de la Loire was previously the property of Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitiers and Princess de Broglie
This Loire Valley castle, overlooking the Loire Valley, is a fortress built around the year 1000 to control the border between the two neighboring counties, Blois and Anjou.
Nearly 500 years after its construction, King Louis XI had the castle burned down and razed, which required it to be rebuilt a few years later.
For half a century, this castle was the property of the Amboise family. Charles II d'Amboise launched a major metamorphosis of the castle to give it a Renaissance style. Subsequently, Diane de Poitiers, confers its current physiognomy, with among other things, the construction of the completion of the walkways of the gatehouse and the Saint-Nicolas tower.
After several changes of owners, the Princess of Orléans and Bourbon sold the Estate to the State in 1938.

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Château Royal de Blois

The royal castle of Blois is one of the royal residences that have marked history and art, the daily place of the Court during the Renaissance.The building is located in the Loir-et-Cher department, in the Center Val de Loire region, and in the Loire Valley.The castle has the distinction of being urban, in other words it is located in the city center of the city of Blois, on the banks of the Loire and in the heart of the Valley of the Kings.In addition to having been a royal residence, it also has an anthology of French architecture and art, in particular being labeled Museum of France.History, architecture, and visits... here is the perfect example of the art and history of the Loire castles.

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Château de Talcy

A Renaissance castleLocated in Talcy in the middle of the cereal plains of the little Beauce, in the Loir-et-Cher, this Loire Valley castle now belongs to the Center des Monuments Nationaux.In the 13th century, the Château de Talcy was a seigniory and a rich Beauceron agricultural estate.The real history of this castle begins in 1517 when Bernard Salviati, a rich Florentine banker attached to the court of François 1er, buys the castle and its outbuildings.He rebuilt the castle 3 years later, at the time when the great Renaissance castles of the Loire Valley were born.However, the house of Talcy retains an Italian fashion and retains the appearance of a building from the end of the Middle Ages without decorative research.In 1932, the castle was sold to the State but it kept its architecture and furniture from the 18th century.

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Château de Troussay

Located in the heart of the Loire Valley in the Loir-et-Cher in Cheverny, the Château de Troussay enjoys exceptional architecture combining styles from the 15th to the 19th century.
Live a “French-style” château experience by taking advantage of the château’s guest rooms and its outbuildings, which have been open since April 2015!
The Château de Troussay has a unique and very rich history dating back 600 years. Indeed, this private property has belonged to the same family for 115 years! Passionate about the castle, its history and its beauty, they have been involved, from generation to generation, in the permanent improvement of the estate and its maintenance.
Composed of a mosaic of old decorations, the castle is an artistic madness of the historian and esthete Louis de la Saussaye in the 19th century.

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