Chaumont-sur-Loire Travel Guide

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Chaumont-sur-Loire Things to Do

  • The Garden Festival at Chateau Chaumont

    We stumbled on the Garden Festival completely by accident which is the way we find most of the things we see.On our very first trip to France (eons ago) we leased a car and after three days in Paris, we took off with our tent and map to see France. Along the way we spotted our "first" chateau. It was really exciting. We stopped the car, hopped out...

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  • From Cour de Honneur to A Terrace With A...

    As finished in the early 16C, the chateau was four sided. In 1740 the owner at that time. one Nicolas Bertin, removed the north wing and built the terrace which provides one of the finest views of the Loire. The buildings themselves are not very outstanding from this side, but there is a pretty carved well. Balconies were added in the later 19C so...

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  • Visit the Chapel

    The Chapel is at the north end of the east wing and is in Renaissance style with rather simple detailing and a few furnishings.

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  • The Bedroom of Catherine

    Catherine used the chateau extensively, mostly when she housed her personal astrologer , Ruggieri, here in the tower above. Here are a picture of Catherine and another of Dianna on display but I think they are copies. The second bed is in Ruggieri's stone walled room but I do not know whether it was Catherine's There are a few good examples of 16C...

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  • See the Faience Tile Floor in the Salle...

    The single most interesting site inside the chateau is the floor of the council board room. It is covered with hunting scenes and similar activities. It was made in the 17C in Salerno and was obtained by Prince Amadee de Broglie who lost his immense fortune and sold the chateau to the state in 1938.

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  • The Way To The First Floor

    There is a fine interior staircase between the wings. Here the moldings are done with sculpturing and in the wall such as fleur de lys and into more rooms with mantels and in places upon the walls are good examples of Aubusson tapestries.

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  • An Important Room

    In a near by room is the finest mantel in the chateau covered with Renaissance sculptural detail covering the upper front and lateral sides of the mantel with emblematic figures and as well as the figures seen on the outside portal and nearby walls. In the room are more carved furniture and on the wall are a group of 16C Dutch tiles in blue and...

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  • The Chateau Interior Looks Like A ...

    The furnishings are set out in museum fashion other than such important items as fireplaces. One with a porcupine is the first item seen, to represent King Louis XII. The room has a finely made beamed ceiling and some tall pieces of carved oak and a large ceramic plate all of the 16C. Nearby is a glass case of medallions created by Giovanni Nini.

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  • Examine the Draw Bridge And Two Entrance...

    As one approaches the draw bridge one must stop to look at the walls of the two entrance towers. The walls in this area on the northeast tower it is decorated with the coat of arms Coat of Arms of the Cardinal d'Amboise. Over the portal leading to the terrace is a field with the coat of Arms of France and many fleur de lys. On the other tower is a...

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  • The Outside Should First Be Enjoyed

    One must first look at the outside walls of the of ex-fortress, now chateau. The walk to the draw bridge is impressive with its heavy walls and the impressive carvings as one approaches the draw bridge. When we visited, over 15 years ago, we had to park down near the town, close to the river and had to walk up to the park land with its ancient old...

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  • Château de Chaumont: Its Chapel

    “Georges d’Amboise had, however, one darling ambition that was never realized. He had fixed his hopes upon the Papacy and, it was said, might have got it had he only been a little less confident.”— from “The Chateaux of Touraine” 1906 by Maria Hornor Lansdale Georges Cardinal d’Amboise was the uncle to Charles d’Amboise, who finished rebuilding the...

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  • Chaumont-sur-Loire: Église de St-Nicolas

    “Je veux ce château” (“I want this castle!”) — Marie-Charlotte Say (1857-1943) her exclamation upon seeing Château de ChaumontAnd she got it! One day in 1875, the 16-year-old Marie-Charlotte Say passed the château shortly before her marriage to Prince Henri Amédée de Broglie, an aristocrat descended from scholars and military officers. A few days...

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  • Château de Chaumont: Details

    “Madame de Staël, having returned to France, went, in the spring of 1810, to live in the Château of Chaumont on the banks of the Loire, 120 miles from Paris, a distance determined by the terms of her exile. Madame Récamier joined Madame de Staël at Chaumont. The latter edited the proofs of her work on Germany; when it was almost ready for...

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  • Château de Chaumont: The Fireplaces

    In 1550, Catherine de’Medici bought Château de Chaumont for 10,000 livres; she would stay there with her astrologers Cosimo Ruggieri and Nostradamus, delving into the future where only sad news greeted the queen. During this time, the château earned the nickname “Chaud Mont,” hot mountain. After the death of her husband, Henri II, the queen ordered...

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  • Château de Chaumont: The Porcupine

    “From near and afar, I can defend myself.” — motto of Louis XII (1462-1515)Because George Cardinal d’Amoise, uncle to Chaumont’s owner, Charles d’Amboise, was Prime Minister to Louis XII, and Charles himself was in service to Louis, the royal crowned porcupine was incorporated in the castle’s decoration to honor the king.Louis de France, duc...

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  • Château de Chaumont: Stained Glass

    “After changing hands several times Chaumont was sold in 1594 to Scipion Sardini, who had come a penniless adventurer to seek his fortune in France, and, under the protection of the Queen-mother, had quickly found it. He contrived to make himself indispensable to Henry III, and later on married the beautiful Isabelle de la Tour-Limeuil, one of...

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  • Château de Chaumont: The Courtyard &...

    “Chaumont is not large, and should not be compared, either in size or splendor, with many of the royal chateaux of France. Nevertheless, the grace and dignity of its lines, and the extreme beauty of its setting give it a place of honor among them all.”— from “French Cathedrals and Chateaux” 1909 by Clara Crawford PerkinsAfter walking over the...

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  • Château de Chaumont: The Intertwined...

    “Dead took him a little too early, because he was man of good all his life; wise, virtuous and advised by the Lord.”— a contemporary chronicler on the death of Charles II d’Amboise of Chaumont (1473-1511)To reach Château de Chaumont it is necessary to climb a steep incline to the top of the bluff overlooking the River Loire. At the bottom of the...

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  • Château de Chaumont: The Entrance Gate

    “Near these a simpler building attracts the eyes of the traveler by its magnificent situation and imposing size; it is the château of Chaumont. Built upon the highest hill of the shore, it frames the broad summit with its lofty walls and its enormous towers; high slate steeples increase their loftiness, and give to the building that conventional...

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  • Château de Chaumont: The View

    “The chateau of Chaumont occupies a bluff overlooking the broad basin of the Loire a few miles below Blois and about twice as far above Tours. The situation is one of the most pleasing in all that charming region, and commands long reaches of the winding river.”— from “French Cathedrals and Chateaux,” 1909, by Clara Crawford PerkinsIt is easy to...

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  • Château de Chaumont: Façade Decoration

    “Russia, Austria, Prussia and England, for mutual support, concluded a fresh treaty of alliance at Chaumont.”— from “Mémoires d’outre-tombe” by François-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand (1768-1848) The vicomte writes about the alliance between these great powers against Napoleon, and agreed to at this little town along the River LoireThe castle’s...

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    by illumina Written Sep 21, 2012

    After we'd pitched our tents at the campsite we walked into the small village to try to buy some wine to go with our dinner, but by the time we'd admired the Chateau, the one tabac we saw had shut. On the way back we spotted this place and found our way into a barn behind the house where there was a counter and bottles of wine. Eventually the owner came out, and served us some samples of his two varieties (dry and slightly less dry) before selling us a bottle of the sweeter type which cost us all of E2.50. Not perhaps the best wine ever to come out of the region, but certainly wasn't bad!

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