The Loire river valley is the region around the river Loire in France, located about 200km south of Paris and extending for about 300-400km from east to west. It is considered the birthplace of the French language. The Loire valley contains historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments, many world-famous castles and many wineries. In the year 2000 UNESCO added the central part of the Loire river valley between Maine and Sully-sur-Loire to its list of World Heritage Sites.

01 Front view of castle 02 Castle and moat 03 Castle and moat 04 Castle and moat
05 Left tower 06 Right tower 07 Central part of castle 08 Lateral view of castle 09 Central part of castle
10 Castle and park 11 Decorated roof with windows and towers 12 Roof detail with decorations 13 Tower and windows 14 Side view with tower
01 Plane tree alley 02 Path to castle 03 Chenonceau castle 04 Chenonceau castle 05 Chenonceau castle
06 Rear view of castle 07 Stained glass windows in the chapel 08 Cher river 09 Blue canopy bed in Diane de Poitiers bedroom 10 Hall with black and white chequered floor
11 Roof detail 12 Spiral stairs 13 Window 14 Pont de Diane arches and west facade 15 Pont de Diane arches and west facade
16 Pont de Diane arches and west facade 17 Pont de Diane arches and west facade 18 Pavilion with corner towers 19 Pont de Diane arches and west facade
20 Pont de Diane arches and west facade 21 Moat and tower 22 Flowerbed 23 Pont de Diane 24 Facade
25 Facade with windows 26 Fountain in Catherine de Medicis gardens 27 Plane-tree alley 01 Tree lined path to castle 02 Main entrance and tourists
03 Azay le Rideau castle 04 Towers with conical spires 05 Towers with conical spires 06 Azay le Rideau castle 07 Facade with windows 08 Castle wing and bridge
09 Inner court 10 Inner court 11 Window 12 Tower with conical spire 13 Side view with towers 14 Azay le Rideau castle reflecting in Indre river
15 Azay le Rideau castle reflecting in Indre river 16 Azay le Rideau castle reflecting in Indre river 17 Roof detail with windows 18 Azay le Rideau castle reflecting in Indre river 19 Azay le Rideau castle reflecting in Indre river 20 Castle facade with windows
21 Azay le Rideau castle and Indre river 22 Castle park 23 Castle park 24 Azay le Rideau castle reflecting in Indre river
25 Roof detail 26 Castle room with paintings 27 Tapestries hanging on the wall 28 Window 29 Castle room 30 Arched roof
31 Chairs and sofa 32 Kitchen with arched roof 33 Fireplace 34 Restaurant with garden 01 Moat and castle
02 Castle wing 03 Vegetable garden and castle 04 Villandry castle 05 View of castle from music garden
06 Villandry castle 07 Pond and castle 08 Pavilion 09 View with love and vegetable gardens 10 Castle facade and moat
01 Vegetable garden and castle 02 Vegetable garden 03 White flowers 04 Red begonia flowers 05 Vegetable garden
06 Vegetable garden 07 Music garden 08 Water garden 09 Path with grapevines
10 Double row of trees 11 Water garden 12 Pond in water garden 13 Water garden
14 Vegetable garden 15 Love garden with hedges 16 Love garden with hedges 17 Love garden with hedges 18 Love garden with hedges
19 Love garden with hedges 20 Hedges in vegetable garden 21 Pond with fish 01 Sunflower field
02 Sunflower plants 03 Sunflower plants 04 Sunflower head 05 Sunflower plants 06 Sunflower field
07 Sunflower head 08 Sunflower plants 09 Sunflower field 10 Sunflower field
11 Sunflower field 12 Sunflower plants 13 Sunflower plants
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