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    Chenonceau museum

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 27, 2012

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    Chenonceau

    Favorite thing: General information
    Opening hours:

    From January 1st to February 10th 9H30 - 17H00
    From February 11th to March 11th 9H30 - 18H00
    From March 12th to March 31st 9H30 - 18H00
    From April 1st to May 31st 9H00 - 19H00
    From June 1st to June 30th 9H00 - 19H30
    From July 1st to August 31st 9H00 - 20H00
    From September 1st to September 30th 9H00 - 19H30
    From October 1st to October 26th 9H00 - 18H30
    From October 27th to November 11th 9H00 - 18H00
    From November 12th to December 31st 9H30 - 17H00
    No admission half an hour before closing

    Castle (with brochure) 11,00 €
    Castle (audio video guided tour) 15,00 €
    Free explanatory booklet is available in 16 languages.
    The audioguide is available in 15 languages in 11 languages.

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    INTRODUCTION - BRIEF HISTORY

    by vinc_bilb Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    The castle is just at the end of the road
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    Favorite thing: Introduction
    Chenonceau is one of the most impressive Renaissance Chateau and certainly the most romantic in the Loire valley.
    It is the private ancient memorial the most visited by France, set by several pleasure gardens, parc and a wine growing estate.
    Château des Dames as recorded in the French history books, it owes a large part of its charm to women but also tor the fine quality of its collections and gardens.

    Brief history (Adapted from Chenonceau web site)
    It was built about 1515 and, in 1524, it became royal property and Henri II gave it to his mistress Diane de Poitiers; on his death, his widow Catherine de Medicis took it back from her rival. Diane had Philibert Delorme buid a bridge between the Chateau and the opposite bank, Catherine had the galleries built on the bridge, for her grand receptions.
    The original architecture of the Château de Chenonceau reflects in the Cher river.

    Original construction phase: 1513-1521

    Fondest memory: The long way in the park early the morning, with a beautiful light and to discover this masterpiece (see the photo)

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    Indicative fees and general information's

    by vinc_bilb Updated Sep 3, 2009

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    (From the official website)

    Favorite thing: 1. Indicative fees (2009)
    Single Entrance: 10 €,Children (7 to 15) and Students: 8 €.
    Wax Museum "The Ladies' Gallery": 12 €.
    Audio video guided tour: 14 €, Children 7 to 18 and students : 12 €

    2. Opening hours
    The Castle is open every day of the year.

    3. Customize your visit-audioguide
    Through ipods, it lasts from 40 to 45 minutes depending on the language. The long version lasts 90 minutes. You can even "zap" at any point if you are interested in one element less than another. Or, on the contrary, if a picture, fireplace, or any piece of furniture particularly appeals to you, you can stay with it longer.

    4. Contacts
    Château de Chenonceau
    37150 Chenonceaux, France

    Telephone : 00 33 (0)2 47 23 90 07
    Fax : 00 33 (0)2 47 23 44 14
    E - mail : welcome@chenonceau.com
    Chateau de Chenonceau (English) (useful)

    Fondest memory: My wife's learning curve with the ipod and some difficulties to synchronize our visits

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    Tourist Information center

    by ATLC Written Aug 28, 2007

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    Chenonceaux Tourist Office

    Favorite thing: There's a tourist information center in Chenonceaux. Just round the corner (to the left, in the photo) begins the leafy lane towards the castle.
    It was closed when we passed by but click on the link of their website here.

    Full address details:

    1, rue Bretonneau -, 37150 CHENONCEAUX
    tél. 02.47.23.94.45
    fax : 02 47 23 82 41
    otsi-chenonceaux@9business.fr
    www.chenonceaux-blere-tourisme.com

    Fondest memory: The Tourist Office will send you documentation if you fill in the form here

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    Intertwined

    by Mique Updated Jun 11, 2004

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    Intertwined

    Favorite thing: Throughout the castle you can find this symbol. It consist of the H of Henry II intertwined with the C of Catherine de Medici. And combined they form the D of Diane de Poitiers. Henry II was king of France and married with Catherine de Medici. But his favorite was Diane de Poitiers. She lived at Chenonceau for several years until Catherine kicked her out basically after Henry´s dead

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    Chateau Chenonceaux on the Lovely River Cher

    by Goner Updated Jul 23, 2003

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    Chateau Chenonceaux

    Favorite thing: The castle stetches over the Cher River with a 197-foot gallery built over a series of arches. Chenonceau is not only remarkable for its architecture and history but also for the fine quality of its collections as can be seen from the inside visit: Renaissance furniture, a vast ensemble of XVI th and XVII th centuries tapestries and a great number of masterpieces. Le Primatice, Rubens, Le Tintoret, Rigaud, Nattier, Van Loo are among the most famous names that can be found there.

    Furniture, paintings, ceilings, tapestries and decoration are preserved, checked and restored with the greatest care. The Corrège’s painting L’Education de l’Amour , located in Catherine de Médicis’ bedroom, have recently been restored by Marc Philippe, regular restorer of the castle.The chapel's stained glass windows were destroyed by a bomb in 1944 and were replaced in 1953.

    Fondest memory: A great idea is to rent a boat (to the left, in the moat, 10 FF) and there you go, in three or four strokes of the oars you're on the Cher with an unbelievable view of the building

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    The Drawbridge

    by Goner Written Jul 1, 2003

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    Chenonceaux Drawbridge

    Favorite thing: The drawbridges are very small, not what you would call a fortified castle with access from the sides and the river.

    Fondest memory: From this side of the castle is a park of lovely trees, very cool and refreshing on the day we visited as it was in the 90's (f)

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    CHATEAU DE CHENONCEAU

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Chenonceau

    Favorite thing: This enchanting castle may be smaller in comparison to others, but what it lacks in size it makes up in charm. This truly is a magnificent place, deeply rich with history, and is certainly one of the most romantic Châteaus in Loire Valley. Definitely "worth taking the time to visit."

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    • Family Travel

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