Each month, I will be showcasing a beautiful castle from somewhere around the world. I hope you enjoy this page, and that it inspires you to find your own home and make it your castle.
Le Chateau de Chenonceau is the most popular chateau in the Loire Valley. It was originally a small fortress, and was converted into a chateau in 1512, with several major additions since then.
Henri II acquired it, and gave it to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. She added a bridge over the river Cher, and the exquisite gardens.
When Henri died, the Queen, Catherine de Medici, forced Henri's mistress out of Chenonceau. Catherine then built the gallery and grand ballroom on Diane's bridge, giving Chenonceau its iconic look.
The interior of the chateau features beautiful Renaissance era furnishings, 16th and 17th Century tapestries, and masterworks by Rubens, as well as other famous artists of the period. You can also visit the Chapel, where French royalty attended mass underneath beautiful stained glass windows.
Visitors are welcome for tours and photography.