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The Châteaux of the Valley of Kings

All along the Loire Valley, the majestic châteaux are a reminder of the local history as the favourite region of the French Kings and court for centuries. Alongside them, there are also plenty of other treasures just waiting to be discovered, including more discreet family châteaux, magnificent gardens created by true enthusiasts and remarkable religious buildings.

The Châteaux de la Loire, Vallée des Rois association brings together nearly 80 exceptional sites and monuments open for visit from Nantes to Sully-sur-Loire, forming a collection of unrivalled heritage to explore in the heart of the Loire Valley landscape, part of which is listed as UNESCO World Heritage.

Exciting discoveries are plentiful, from the Gien Château-museum on hunting to the Carolingian oratory in Germigny-des-Prés (one of the oldest church buildings in France), via the Château of Talcy which testifies to Ronsard’s love for the beautiful Cassandre. In Blois, the Royal Château was the official residence of 7 kings and 10 queens of France, while the attractive and fully furnished Château of Montpoupon has been lived in by generations of the same family since 1857, and the delightful Château de l’Islette witnessed the turbulent love affairs of Camille Claudel and Rodin. Other discoveries are to be made at the Château of Serrant, which is without doubt one of most richly furnished buildings in France with its collection of furniture and works of art built up over nearly four centuries, as well as at the famous Manor of Launay where King René once lived with his wife Isabella of Lorraine and which is home to a rich collection of wall paintings. The Château of Plessis Bourré and its stunning architecture has been the backdrop to feature films such as Peau d’Âne, Le Bossu, Fanfan la Tulipe and La Princesse de Montpensier. Last but not least, the Château of Baugé, which was King René’s favourite residence, contains some exceptional features such as the Honour staircase, the King’s retreat, a bartizan and modillions.

Step over the threshold of these monuments and plunge into their outstanding heritage!

Discover the fascinating history of these exceptional sites through guided tours or unaccompanied visits, themed tours and visits designed for children and families. They also use cutting-edge technology for a truly lifelike immersion into the past!

This exceptional heritage is brought to life throughout the year through numerous events and activities such as concerts, exhibitions, shows and escape games. At the Château of La Bussière, children can enjoy following the “hut route”, at the Château of Selles-sur-Cher visitors can don a pair of 3D glasses and travel through time from the Middle Ages up to the early 20th century, while at the Château of Nantes, the fun, informative and attractive scenography provides a close-up presentation of more than 850 collection items. The more the merrier, as they say, and it is between friends that visitors will solve the riddles to escape from the lost chapel at the Royal Fortress of Chinon! Lastly, as a couple, admire the enchanting spectacle of the gardens of Villandry lit up by over 2000 candles, the sight of Brissac with its majestic park or the details of a French-style park at the Château of La Lorie.

Châteaux de la Loire, Vallée des Rois invites you to browse through the pages of a life-size history book!

Link to the website www.leschateauxdelaloire.org