The history of the Château de Chenonceau, one of the most interesting places to visit, is defined by a an almost uninterrupted succession of women who built, embellished, protected, restored and saved it. This remarkable property spans the River Cher, near the small village of Chenonceaux in the Indre-et-Loire département of the Loire Valley in France.
The first château was a medieval space dating from the 12th and 13th centuries, of which only the dungeon remains: the Tour des Marques. The château in its current form was built between 1513 and 1517, by Thomas Bohier and above all his wife, Catherine Briçonnet.
The château in its current form was built between 1513 and 1517, by Thomas Bohier and above all his wife, Catherine Briçonnet.
Chenonceau is home to an extraordinary collection of furniture, tapestries and paintings. Rubens, Primaticcio, Tintoretto, Corregio, Van Loo, Murillo, Veronese, Poussin, Van Dyck, Zurbaran are some of the names that can be found throughout the various rooms. These masterpieces by some of the greatest European painters of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries reflect the history of the château and the leading role played by women in this history. A must-see.