This is probably the most known and visited castle, with more than a million tourists every year. Also known as the “castle of the ladies-in waiting” as its history was marked by feminine figures, the castle was first donated by Henry II to his lover Diana de Poitiers. After the monarch’s death, queen Caterina de’ Medici took possession of the castle, forcing Diana to move to the nearby Castle of Chaumont.
Chenonceau is made up of three parts: a main body, a Renaissance construction with embattled towers, and a large elevated gallery crossing the river Cher.
Absolutely not to miss is the big park and the beautiful french gardens which surround the palace on both banks of the river. www.chenonceau.com
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