The Châteaux de la Loire
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Located in the heart of the Loire Valley, Manoire les Minimes is the perfect base for a two day journey of discovery through Amboise, and Chenonceau, Blois, Chambord and Cheverny chateaux.
On the programme for these two days: the Château Royal d’Amboise, constructed in the 15th and 16th centuries by Charles VIII, Louis XII and François I, the Clos Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci’s home, with an exhibition of his extraordinary machines, the Château de Chenonceau, known as the Château des Dames (Chateau of the Ladies), the Château de Blois which brings to mind certain Italian palaces, the Château de Chambord, a grandiose folly of François I and finally the Château de Cheverny, a remarkable example of 17th century classicism.
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Built on the ruins of an old feudal fortress which dominated the city and the Loire.
At the start of the Renaissance, this was one of the first royal residences.
An exceptional collection of furniture and one of the finest panoramas in Val de Loire.
Leonardo da Vinci lived out the last three years of his life in the Clos Lucé. This Manoir houses a collection of most of his inventions, made by IBM with materials from his time.
The Château de Chenonceau, also known as Château des Dames was built on the Cher whose waters reflect the beauty of its unique Renaissance architecture. From 1547, Chenonceau was one of the preferred retreats of Diane de Poitiers, King Henry II of France’s mistress.
Near the Château d'Amboise and the Clos Lucé, Château Gaillard was a royal property, it is one of the first Renaissance châteaux in France.
The Château de Blois was the residence of 7 Kings and 10 Queens of France. It brings together four chateaux around a same courtyard, four eras, four summits of French architecture. One of the treasures of this chateau is its superb polygonal spiral staircase.
This chateau was built at the behest of the young François I at the heart of Sologne and on the fringes of a forest. This is the largest chateau of the Loire. Its dimensions and scale are impressive: 440 rooms, 365 chimneys and 84 staircases including the double spiral staircase which remains without doubt its most striking architectural feature.
This chateau is typical of 17th century architecture. The original furniture remains, as does the authentic and refined charm of its interiors. It is home to many a treasure such as, for example, the 17th century Gobelins tapestry in the Salle d’Armes or the Boulle style Louis XIV era chest.
An extra boost to the art of gardens and gains the interest of both the public by displaying new flower arrangements, new materials, new ideas and new approaches.