Loire Valley


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Southwest of Paris, on a stretch of road about 100km long, by the River Loire, are the sites of some of the best known chateaux of France. This area is the cradle of the French nation. The area is bounded by three major cathedrals – Chartres, Orleans and Tours.

Chartres cathedral is one of the early Gothic cathedral is known for its stained glass windows.

Orleans is the city of Joan of Arc, who is also referred to as the Maiden of Orleans. It was in Blois that she assembled an army to rescue the city of Orleans and therefore France, from the siege by the English in 1429.

The area is the sites of no less than 4 royal chateaux – Blois, Chambord, Amboise and Chanonceau.

In the mid-15C, France was ruled by powerful dukedoms. It is in Chateau of Blois, where the Francis I, the King of France re-asserted the absolute power of the French monarch and some time held his court there.

Chateau de Chambord was the equivalent of the palace of Versailles in the time of Francis I. The chateau was used as backdrop of a number of Hollywood movies.

Chateau d’Amboise was also a royal residence. It was here the Leonardo de Vinci came to spend his last years as guest of the King of France. He actually lived in a nearby house connected to the Chateau.

The prettiest and the most feminine of all chateau, the Chateau de Chenonceau is situated here. It was here that Queen Catherine de Medici lived and made it as her residence.

Lastly Tours, where the Tours cathedral is, was the city that saw the massacre of Catholic and Protestant, as they fought each others for power, in the religious wars. Today, it is an historical city full of beautiful old houses and nice cafes, with most tourist unaware of the blood that once flowed in streets.

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Loire Valley

  1. 1. Loire Valley, FranceAll rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Availablefree for non-commercial and personal use. First created 11 Mar 2012. Version 1.0 - 16 Mar 2011. Jerry Tse. London.
  2. 2. Paris
  3. 3. Chartres Cathedral
  4. 4. Chartres Cathedral
  5. 5. Chartres Cathedral
  6. 6. Chateau de Sully
  7. 7. Orleans Cathedral
  8. 8. Orleans Cathedral
  9. 9. Orleans Cathedral
  10. 10. Paris
  11. 11. Chateau de Chambord
  12. 12. Chateau de Chambord Central tower.
  13. 13. Chateau de Chambord
  14. 14. Chateau de Chambord Central staircase.
  15. 15. Chateau de Chambord, The Royal Bedroom.
  16. 16. Chateau de Chambord
  17. 17. Chateau de Blois
  18. 18. Chateau de Blois
  19. 19. Chateau de Blois
  20. 20. Chateau de Blois
  21. 21. Chateau de Blois
  22. 22. Chateau de Blois, Henri III bedroom
  23. 23. Chateau de Blois, State Chamber
  24. 24. Chateau de Blois, Henri III bedroom
  25. 25. Chateau de Blois
  26. 26. Chateau de Cheverny
  27. 27. Chateau de Cheverny
  28. 28. Paris
  29. 29. Chateau de Chaumont
  30. 30. Chateau de Chaumont
  31. 31. Chateau de d’Amboise
  32. 32. Chateau de Chenonceau
  33. 33. Chateau de Chenonceau
  34. 34. Chateau de Chenonceau
  35. 35. Chateau de Chenonceau, bedroom of Catherine de Medici
  36. 36. Chateau de Chenonceau
  37. 37. Chateau de Chenonceau, the Great Gallery
  38. 38. Chateau de Chenonceau
  39. 39. Chateau de d’Amboise
  40. 40. Chateau de d’Amboise
  41. 41. Chateau de d’Amboise,Chapel of St HubertLeonardo de Vinci is said tobe buried in the chapel.
  42. 42. Chateau de d’Amboise,Chapel of St Hubert
  43. 43. Chateau de d’Amboise,Chapel of St Hubert
  44. 44. Chateau de d’Amboise
  45. 45. Chateau de d’Amboise The round tower houses a spiral ramp for knights on horses.
  46. 46. Paris
  47. 47. Tours Cathedral
  48. 48. ToursCathedral
  49. 49. Chateau de Usse
  50. 50. Chateau de Usse
  51. 51. Chateau d’ Angers
  52. 52. Chateau d’ Angers
  53. 53. Paris
  54. 54. Chateau de Chambord The End All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Available free for non-commercial and personal Music – Paul Mauriat – L’Amour Est Bleu use.