Le Grand Hôtel de Tours
Castle of Azay le Rideau
Built on the foundations of a medieval fortress in the heart of Touraine, the Castle of Azay-le-Rideau is the creation of a wealthy financier of François I, Gilles de Berthelot. Standing in the centre of a romantic park, this masterpiece of 16th-century architecture has preserved, with the passing years, all the refinement, elegance and grace of an exceptional Renaissance château. On the Unesco World Heritage list.
The Castle of Azay-le-Rideau is located in the Loire Valley. It was built on an island on the River Indre by a wealthy financier, Gilles Berthelot, during the reign of François I. Its purpose was to reconcile innovations coming from Italy with the French art of construction. Located in a green setting and lapped by the gentle flow of the Indre in which its facades are reflected, the Castle of Azay-le-Rideau fully expresses the refinement of a château dating from the early French Renaissance.
The castle is open everyday of the year except 1st january, 1st may and 25th december.
October - March: 10:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m
April - may - june - september: 9:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m
July- august: 9:30 a.m to 7:00 p.m
-18 years : free
Rue de Pineau, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau
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