Chateau Azay le Rideau

About the Chateau de Azay le Rideau


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  • The chateau
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The chateau is built on an island in the River Indre and is one of the chateaux of the Loire valley. It is not the largest of the chateaux by any means but to my eye it is the most refined although I don't mean to imply anything derogatory about the others. It was and is not a royal house and is now owned by the Republic of France. A lot of money has obviously been spent in restoring the chateau and work is ongoing. The chateau was a long time in the building and is not finished to its original design with only two of the four intended wings having been built.

There is quite a lot of period furniture on display in the chateau which has been sensitively restored. There is also a very interesting collection of Victorian type clockwork automaton although they are mostly powered by electricity now. We thouroughly recommend a visit even though the chateau is not on the most popular tourist lists.

To see a photograph in a higher size and definition, click on it. This will open a light box containing a medium sized version. To move to the next photo, click on an arrow key or swipe a touch-sensitive screen. If you have a mouse wheel, you can use this to scroll through.

To close the light box, either click on the X button in the top right hand corner or hit the Esc button.

To see it larger and in high definitiion, click on the magnifying glass icon. You can scroll around in the HD image with your mouse or by dragging. To close the HD version, click on the minus magnifying glass.

BE WARNED!!! The HD images are quite large so if you are using a slow connection, it might be better not to try. If you using a smart phone. The screen size will not do justice to the HD version. I hope you enjoy my photos.

Exterior of the chateau

Exterior Upriver end Rear view Driveway Bridge To gardens Water mirror Water mirror Water mirror Water mirror Weir Weir Down river view Down river view Conker

The Interior

Staircase Staircase Worn stairs Corbel Kitchen Kitchen Corbel Dining room Sideboard Mantle Silverware Drawing room Banquet Banquet Banquet Billiards room Billiards board Cigars Cabinet Fireplace Fireplace Fireback Gilded table Clockwork theatre Clockwork figure Automaton Automaton Marquetry Figuerine Painting Painting Painting Window Window Window

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