7 “Must-see” Castles in France

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Chenonceau castles
Chenonceau castles

France is wonderful and romantic country, so there are a lot of tourists choosing the country for traveling on their vacation. Besides amazing destinations, tourists can not miss out 7 castles in there when traveling to France.

1 Chambord castles

This is one of the most famous castles in France for grandeur with exquisite decor, large gardens, and impressive facades. The castle was built by King Francis I in 1519. When he died in 1547, the castle was only half built and quickly fell into disrepair for nearly 80 years, until King Louis XIV continued the process of construction in 1639. Furthermore, he ordered the builders to complete the castle on the original design. The place is so large that it takes visitors many hours to visit, especially the garden.

 Chambord castles
Chambord castles

2 Villandry Castles

Situated on a hill, this castle was originally a tower built for King Philip Augustus in the 14th century. In the early 16th century, this place was bought by a local aristocrat. Initially, he retained the architecture and then decided to destroy part to build the fort and trenches. During the French Revolution, the property was confiscated by the state. In the early 19th century, Napoleon gave this castle to his brother, Jérôme Bonaparte.

In 1906, the Carvallo family bought the castle, pouring a lot of time and money into the building. Since then, the castle has retained its shape and belongs to this family.

In addition, the highlight feature of Villandry castles is Renaissance garden with flower garden and vegetable garden. The total of the garden is over 60,000 vegetables and 45,000 flower beds. Furthermore, the garden is the ideal destination for walking and relaxing after hard working. Besides the garden, tourists also visit forest which located nearby the garden with the beautiful road to visit.

Villandry Castles
Villandry Castles

3 Blois castles

Originally, Blois Castle was a medieval fortress built in the ninth century. In 1498, it was occupied by King Louis XII and transformed into a Gothic palace. Centuries later, Blois became the center of power – where many kings lived. The main part of the castle was built in 1515 by the emperor François I in a Renaissance style, consisting of a circular staircase leading to a bedroom and a ballroom. When comparing with other castles, this place is less decorated outside but the interior is very impressive. From here, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the town and the river.

4 Amboise Castles

Amboise Castle has stunning views, large gardens and great views of the Loire. This is a very popular residence of the French royal family. The castle was built as a Renaissance mansion but eventually fell into recession in the second half of the 16th century. It was destroyed much during the French Revolution and then renovated in the 19th century.

Amboise Castles
Amboise Castles

5 Clos Luce Castles

Clos Luce castles were built by Hugues d’ Amboise in middle 15 century, later acquired by Charles VIII in 1490. The special place in the castle of Clos Luce is Leonardo da Vinci lived here from 1516 to 1519. Today, the castle is restored and there is a basement containing copies of his famous paintings. Here there are large gardens with plenty of walking paths, murmuring streams – the ideal place for not only Leonardo da Vinci but any traveler can find inspiration.

6 Azay le Rideau castles

Built in the 12th century, the castle was burned by King Charles VII to ashes in 1418. In 1518 it was rebuilt by a noble. However, while under construction, the castle was seized by King Francis I in 1535 and awarded to a knight for reward. The castle has been decaying for centuries, until the 1820s; the new owner has restored and made the place as beautiful today.

Azay le Rideau castles
Azay le Rideau castles

7 Chenonceau castles

Chenonceau is one of the most famous castles in the Loire Valley, built in 1514 on the foundations of an old mill. In 1547, King Henry II presented the castle as a gift to her mistress, Diane de Poitiers. Diane oversees the planting of large flower and vegetable gardens. Furthermore, After Henry died, widow Catherine de ‘Medici forced Diane out of the castle and turned Chenonceau into her residence. After Catherine’s death, the castle passed through many different royal families but was fortunately not destroyed during the French Revolution. After that, the place was renovated and became the property of the state.

Hope that after the post, tourists will have amazing information for enjoying famous and attractive castles in France. If you need more information about traveling in there, tourists can spend time for visiting Asia Day Tours to get more.