Centre Val De Loire

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Loire Valley, the Royal Valley

The Loire Valley is also known as the Royal Valley because of the many chateaux the kings of the French Renaissance and their vassals built along the river

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Chateau de Chinon – Loire Valley – History

Chateau de Chinon, restored ruins of the fortress built by Henry II of England where Joan of Arc came to serve King Charles VII during the Hundred years War

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Cycling along the Loire River

The best cycling routes along the Loire River, a series of trails that follow the river from its spring in Auvergne downwards to its mouth in the Atlantic

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Villandry Renaissance Chateau – Gardens

The Renaissance Chateau and gardens of Villandry in the Loire Valley, fully restored by Joachim Carvallo, and today registered as UNESCO’s World Heritage

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Royal City of Loches – Agnes Sorel’s castle

Royal City of Loches, a masterpiece of medieval Military architecture with one of the oldest and best preserved stone dungeons in Europe, where Agnes Sorel lived

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Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK

Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK by air, sea and land is easy as the region is served by 3 airports, ferry links and railway and road networks

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Richelieu – Utopian city – Indre-et-Loire

Richelieu off the Loire Valley, the ideal city of Cardinal de Richelieu, a walled city built in the 1630s on a grid plan and surrounded by ornamental moats

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Chateau du Rivau – The fairytale gardens

The fairytale Chateau du Rivau, one of the first castle built in the Loire Valley was restored to its past glory and boasts fourteen fun thematic gardens

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Loire Valley architectural styles

A brief overview of the Loire Valley various architectural styles from Romanesque to Gothic, Flamboyant, Angevin Gothic to French Renaissance and Classical

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St Benoit sur Loire Church – Fleury Abbey

St Benoit sur Loire Church is all that is left of the Abbaye de Fleury built on the site of a pagan sacred ground which was the geographical centre of Gaul

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Chateau de Cheverny and cartoonist Herge

The Chateau de Cheverny, a masterpiece of Classical architecture used as model by Hergé for Captain Haddock’s Chateau de Moulinsart in his Tintin books

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Chateau de Chenonceau – The Ladies’ Chateau

Chateau de Chenonceau, a masterpiece of French Renaissance architecture known as Wonder of the Loire Valley and Ladies’ Château as owned by women only

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Loire Valley, the Royal Valley

The Loire Valley is also known as the Royal Valley because of the many chateaux the kings of the French Renaissance and their vassals built along the river

Chateau de Chinon – Loire Valley – History

Chateau de Chinon, restored ruins of the fortress built by Henry II of England where Joan of Arc came to serve King Charles VII during the Hundred years War

Cycling along the Loire River

The best cycling routes along the Loire River, a series of trails that follow the river from its spring in Auvergne downwards to its mouth in the Atlantic

Villandry Renaissance Chateau – Gardens

The Renaissance Chateau and gardens of Villandry in the Loire Valley, fully restored by Joachim Carvallo, and today registered as UNESCO's World Heritage

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