With its stunning gallery over the Cher River and its geometric gardens, it is the most spectacular castle of the Loire Valley in France.
Before emptying into the Loire, the Cher river is recreated along the castle called the Ladies, one of the most beautiful in France. His visit reveals the intrigues and passions of six women: Catherine Briconnet, which began its reconstruction in 1513; the beautiful Diane de Poitiers, mistress of Henry II; Catherine de Medici, wife of the latter; his daughter in law, Louise de Lorraine, who lived here for 11 years surrounded by mourning; Louise Dupin, lover of literature and the arts whose husband acquired the castle in 1733; and Margerite Pelouze, which restored it in the mid-nineteenth.
This route goes over the castle sites in which these ladies left their footprints.
1. The chapel
Louise Dupin, very fond of art and appreciated by the people, transformed it into a woodshed to save it from the revolutionary looting.
2. Bedroom of Diane de Poitiers
The favorite mistress of Henry II had a luxurious chamber lined with tapestries and a fireplace of vegetables moldings.
3. Hall of Francisco I
Among his many paintings he highlights Diana the Huntress and The Three Graces, both dedicated to lovers of kings.
4. The kitchens
They had its own access from the river. They had a large pantry and a dining room for service.
5. The two gardens
With geometric shapes, flowers and fountains that decorate the gardens created by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis.
6. The bedroom of Catherine de Medicis
The queen slept on the first floor, on a bed with a canopy and surrounded by tapestries and oil paintings.
7. The Tower of Marques
It is the only vestige of the fortress of the fifteenth century. It houses the gift shop of the castle.
8. The Gallery of Medicis
The first floor of the Grand Gallery is an exhibition space. During World War I it was hospital there.
9. The Grand Gallery
Catherine de Medicis ordered to cover the bridge over the river Cher with this ballroom of 60 meters.