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Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau

Rue Pineau, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau, France
02 47 45 42 04
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This chateau is on an island which made a natural moat of protection around it. The entries and stairs were all sculpted out of marble including the handrails. There is an where they kept the grain; it takes a huge amount of food to feed a chateau full of people! Since the only heat was with fireplaces, every room had... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

For me,this is the perfect Loire chateau,an enchanting, blend of fairy-tale gothic silhouette and exquisite renaissance detail. The proportions are all within an intimate scale. Its all here: the steep roofs capped by lead,finials and pepperpot turrets gliding down to the plain walls and windows with exquisite carvings on the arcaded front of the staircase. Its positively Spanish in exuberance... More

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Angouleme, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014 via mobile

The chateau is a little gem and would have had an excellent rating if the gardens and walk around the terrain had not been undergoing restoration. We look forward to those works being completed in the not too distant future when we shall surely visit again. The tour around the chateau interior is well marked out and the climb to... More

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New Jersey, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

I enjoyed walking to the chateau from my hotel in the town of Azay le Rideau and finding a beautifully furnished chateau with lovely paintings, artifacts and a fantastic view.

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Inverkip, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

"Facetted Diamond" with the words of famous French writer Honoré de Balzac! Built on an island of the River Indre is one of the most popular Loire Castles, because of its setting. The Château isn't so big but all the rooms have a lot to show. The Grand Staircase (L'Escalier d'Honneur) rises in straight flights and has 3 floors with... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

One of the less known Chateuax, but one of the most charming. It was a good surprise. Good visit for half period.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

In a lovely setting surrounded by water, the castle lived up to its publicity, although the display in the roof was a bit tacky, as it tried to link to every fairy tale and adventure story and film going, including Harry Potter!

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

This delight must be savoured slowly. The inside of the chateau is full of interest and history, particularly the staircase and the specific exhibitions. Most important, however, is to walk round the path on the perimeter of the grounds to see the shape and setting of this gem.

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Clifton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Azay is well managed and is a good walk through. For us the top floor had a "castles through the ages" exhibit that was interesting. The room displays are good. Very photogenic. Food is close by in the village, a little touristy but a good place to stop.

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Brit in Paris
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

After you have seen the most well known chateaux this is quite a good second tier castle . Not enormous but very pretty from the outside with a pretty garden . Partially furnished with a few paintings as well , they have tried to re - create different rooms in the style of different periods in the chateau's history ,... More

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