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.
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.