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Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau

Rue Balzac, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau, France
+33 2 47 45 42 04
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Castles
Owner description: Standing on an island in the middle of the Indre River, the Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built during the reign of François I by a rich financier,... more » Owner description: Standing on an island in the middle of the Indre River, the Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built during the reign of François I by a rich financier, Gilles Berthelot, who wanted his fabulous new home to combine the latest technical innovations from Italy and the art of French architecture. The Château is a jewel of the early Renaissance and in the evenings during July and August, its romantic gardens come alive as the setting of the special night tour: "The Magic Mirror". New! The castle opens the doors to its roof. Come admire the exceptional 16th century roofwork. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> 1st April to 30th June: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st July to 31st August: from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.> 1st to 30th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 15 minutes before closing time. Last entry in the château 45 min before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 8,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups « less
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Yogya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This chateau is quite small but it is very nice and beautiful from outside. The presence of this chateau close to the lake made it even more beautiful. Surrounding this chateau, there are quite nice gardens that is worthy to be explored around. Inside it, there are quite a lot of interesting stuffs to be seen and learned. To come... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The village is just outside the gates, just as it was when it was built, giving you a real feel for how it was then.

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Sydney Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The charming chateau of Azay Le Rideau is a smaller but very delightful castle in the Loire Valley. The shady grounds were lovely to wander through and escape the heat in summer. This chateau was built in 1518 by Giles Berthelot, the treasurer to the King of France. The chateau is surrounded by water and there were excellent views from... More

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Hove, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The night opening was a bonus as we went after supper, but you are not allowed into the grounds (but it is cheaper!). The light show was ok, but it was not very easy to see the things n the rooms in the almost dark!

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Colac, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Stunning architecture is an understatement. One really needed slaves for this little house to work. Well worth the effort of having a look. Really pretty....

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Donegal Town, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

perhaps not the largest Loire chateau but definitely a family favourite out of the paltry 7 our family got to visit. We didn`t avail of the headphones audio tour as we had youngish kids with us who just wanted to enjoy looking at the "princess castle". We thought the one way system of sending visitors to the top and working... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Fabulous building although very little in the interior as it has not been lived in since the turn of the century, but still worth the visit.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Stumbled upon this as just passing through en route to the south. We were so glad to find it - its a beautiful house in lovely surroundings.

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Gloucestershire England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is a small and pretty chateau on an island, about 150 metres from the town centre. The enormous attic is impressive, as is the grand staircase. What caught my eye was the hand painted ? Limoges plates in the dining room with flies and bugs painted on as well as flowers! The park is a disappointment - the grounds... More

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Salisbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A stunning architectural masterpiece. We used the audio guides - well worth it and not too long or boring. The visit took about an hour - one of the more beautiful Loire Valley Castles.

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