Hotel Val De Loire

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Rue Nationale, 50-52, , Azay-le-Rideau, Centre 371
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A Great Example of aLoire Valley Chateaux

by Goner

d'Azay-le-Rideau has all the best aspects of Loire castles; beautiful architecture, resplendent interior and lovely gardens. There is a terrace and promenade around the foot of the castle with an old chapel and outbuildings to explore. in 1810 Marquis de Biencourt had the low lying pasture land drained and set up as an English style park with large shade trees from around the world that helps make it so inviting. There is much to see and enjoy at this fairyland castle.

Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, Salamanders & Ermines, 1

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“Nutrisco et extinguo” (“I am nourished by good and I extinguish evil.”)
— the motto of François I

NO MODEST FELLOW Kings do not have to be modest, and Francis the First was not; he adopted the salamander as his personal emblem.

The word salamander is Persian in origin: sam, meaning fire, and andarun, meaning within. Many salamanders live inside rotting logs. When the log was placed into a fire, the salamander would attempt to escape, leading to the belief that salamanders were created from flames — thus the creature’s name.

Claude of France (1499-1524) was duchesse de Bretagne as well as François’s queen. She was the eldest daughter of Louis XII of France and Anne, duchesse de Bretagne. Pierre de Dreux introduced the ermine as the heraldic symbol for the Duchy of Brittany. As a symbol of purity the ermine suited Brittany because the duchy prided itself as a pure region, untouched by outside influences, independent. It appeared for the first time on a seal in 1318. A 10th-century Breton duke was inspired to defeat the attacking Vikings after seeing an ermine, which was being chased by a fox, turn and attack the larger animal. A chivalric order, the Order of the Ermine, was established by Jean, duc de Bretagne in 1381.

There are many examples of François’s salamander and of Claude’s ermine at the castle.

The salamander and the ermine are sculpted over the front door (see photos #1 and #2); also both creatures can be seen in the vaulted ceiling of the Grand Staircase landings (see photo #5).

Above the grand fireplace (see photo #3) in the Biencourt Salon another salamander appropriately breathes fire.

Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, Its Staircase Part I

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“Francis I and Louis XIV often came to Azay-le-Rideau, and it is easy to imagine they must have brought charming company with them.”
— from “Churches and Castles of Mediæval France” 1895 by Walter Cranston Larned (1850-1914)

Mr. Larned was mistaken; François I visited the castle only once. Because the château is so beautiful it is easy to imagine the king, a great patron of the arts, including architecture, visiting many times to appreciate how lovely the place is.

One of the most innovative and interest features of this castle’s interior is its staircase.

Its exterior decorates the central portion of the façade that faces the Cour d’Honoure. Its landings are open to the out-of-doors and the ornate landing ceilings can be seen from outside (see photo #2).

Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, Its Interiors, Part I

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L’Antichambre
This antechamber serves the flat that was reserved for the King. In this room there are several portraits of the kings of France who have visited the castle; François I, Henri III, Louis XIII (photo #3), and his son Louis XIV (photos #1 & #2), over the fireplace. Its red curtains and furniture also recall why this is such a grand castle. The red and gold wall covering reveals how grand the castle once was.

The Windows
The some of the leaded glass windows in the castle are beautifully decorated with delicate stained glass panes. Photos #4 & #5 show scenes from Christ’s Passion: #4 is Christ at the Column and #5 is the Crucifixion.

Château d’Azay-le-Rideau: Its Chapel

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“The last priest in our country who theologically kept a woman in his parsonage, regaling her with his scholastic love, was a certain vicar of Azay-le-Ridel, a place later on most aptly named as Azay-le-Brulé, and now Azay-le-Rideau, whose castle is one of the marvels of Touraine.”
— from the short story, “The Vicar of Azay-le-Rideau,” 1832 by Honore de Balzac

Every château has a chapel; Azay-le-Rideau is no exception. Sometimes the chapel is incorporated within the main château, as it is at Chenonceau and Chambord. Other times, as here at Azay-le-Rideau, its 12th century chapel is a separate building. The door was locked blocking our entry, and the interior was so dark as to prohibit seeing any detail.

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Address: Rue Nationale, 50-52, , Azay-le-Rideau, Centre 371