With its stunning gallery over the Cher River and its geometric gardens, it is the most spectacular castle of the Loire Valley in France.

Aerial picture of the castle of Chenonceau

Aerial picture of the castle of Chenonceau

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.

Castle of Chenonceau

Castle of Chenonceau

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.

The chapel of the Chenonceau castle

The chapel of the Chenonceau castle

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.

Inside of the castle: bedroom of Diane de Poitiers

Inside of the castle: bedroom of Diane de Poitiers

3. Hall of Francisco I

Among his many paintings he highlights Diana the Huntress and The Three Graces, both dedicated to lovers of kings.

Portrait of Diane de Poitiers as Diana goddess of the hunt on display in the bedroom of Francis I at the Château de Chenonceau.

Portrait of Diane de Poitiers as Diana goddess of the hunt on display in the bedroom of Francis I at the Chenonceau castle.

Chenonceau, Three Graces

Chenonceau, Three Graces

A painting of Diane as Diana Huntress at her castle

A painting of Diane as Diana Huntress at her castle

4. The kitchens

They had its own access from the river. They had a large pantry and a dining room for service.

The kitchen

The kitchen

5. The two gardens

With geometric shapes, flowers and fountains that decorate the gardens created by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de  Medicis.

The two gardens of the Chenonceau castle

The two gardens of the Chenonceau castle

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.

The bedroom of Catherine of  Medicis

The bedroom of Catherine de Medicis

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.

Views of the circular keep tower.

Views of the circular keep tower.

8. The Gallery of Medicis

The first floor of the Grand Gallery is an exhibition space. During World War I it was hospital there.

Bridge over the River Cher. Its construction was the brainchild of Diane de Poitiers. During WWII delimited the occupied France by the free one.

Bridge over the River Cher. Its construction was the brainchild of Diane de Poitiers. During WWII delimited the occupied France by the free one.

9. The Grand Gallery

Catherine de Medicis ordered to cover the bridge over the river Cher with this ballroom of 60 meters.

The long hall over the river - inside of  Chenonceau castle

The long hall over the river – inside of Chenonceau castle