Château de Chenonceau

The Château de Chenonceau is a French château near the small village of Chenonceaux, in the Indre-et-Loire département of the Loire Valley in France.

The château was built on the site of an old mill on the River Cher, sometime before its first mention in writing in the 11th century. It was designed by the French Renaissance architect Philibert de l'Orme.

Diane de Poitiers was the unquestioned mistress of the castle, but ownership remained with the crown until 1555, when years of delicate legal maneuvers finally yielded possession to her. However, after King Henry II died in 1559, his strong-willed widow and regent Catherine de' Medici forced Diane to exchange it for the Château Chaumont. Queen Catherine then made Chenonceau her own favorite residence, adding a new series of gardens.

The twenty closest neighbours in the database:

Château du Clos Lucé (11 km), Château de Blois (35 km), Château de Chambord (47 km), Château de Sully-sur-Loire (110 km), Guédelon (159 km), Château de Vitré (192 km), Paris (France) (195 km), La Rochelle (France) (213 km), Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (217 km), Le Mont-Saint-Michel (France) (240 km), Abbey of Fontenay (252 km), Sarlat-la-Canéda (France) (271 km), Château de Josselin (280 km), Rocamadour (France) (284 km), Beaune (France) (287 km), Dijon (France) (299 km), Amiens (France) (300 km), Reims (France) (306 km), Côte de Granit Rose (378 km), Verdun (France) (379 km)

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