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Azay-le-Rideau, the Loire Valley’s smallest chateau

Constructed between 1515 and 1527, by Gilles Berthelot, a wealthy financier of François Premier, the château of Azay-le Rideau is hailed as one of the masterpieces of 16th century architecture.

Le Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau
Le Chateau d’Azay-le-Rideau

Although relatively small, Azay-le-Rideau embodies all the French Renaissance grace, elegance and style of its bigger and bolder neighbours, like Chambord and Chenonceau.

The charm and romance of Azay-le Rideau is underscored by its beautiful setting. It stands on an islet in the middle of the River Indre, surrounded by rolling parklands.

Azay-le Rideau is now on the UNESCO world heritage list.