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Loire Valley

The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The Loire Valley is located in the middle stretch of the Loire River in the heart of France. The Loire Valley is often described as the Cradle of the French and the Garden of France due to the plenitude of vineyards, orchards, artichoke and asparagus fields along the banks of the Loire River. This beautiful landscape contains many historic towns and villages, such as Blois, Chinon, Saumur, Tours and Orleans, the city of Joan of Arc. The Loire Valley is most known for its magnificent châteaux. The Loire Valley was loved by the French Kings and noblemen, they competed to build ever more the most elaborate and luxurious castles. That is one of the reasons that the Loire Valley is known as the cradle of the French Renaissance. The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2000.

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Loire Valley - Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The Castle of Sully-sur-Loire. The Loire Valley is a wonderful landscape of...

Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The Castle of Sully-sur-Loire. The Loire Valley is a wonderful landscape of vineyards, orchards, artichoke and asparagus fields along the banks of the river Loire River. The Loire Valley is known for the charming villages, parks and gardens, but most of all, the Loire Valley is famous for its fine castles, located in a glorious setting beside the river Loire. The Loire Valley is located in the heart of France.

  1. Loire Valley - Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The Castle of Sully-sur-Loire. The Loire Valley is a wonderful landscape of...

    Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The Castle of Sully-sur-Loire. The Loire Valley is a wonderful landscape of vineyards, orchards, artichoke and asparagus fields along the banks of the river Loire River. The Loire Valley is known for the charming villages, parks and gardens, but most of all, the Loire Valley is famous for its fine castles, located in a glorious setting beside the river Loire. The Loire Valley is located in the heart of France.

  2. Loire Valley - Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The main entrance of the Fleury Abbey. The columned entrance with its sculpted capitals is...

    Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The main entrance of the Fleury Abbey. The columned entrance with its sculpted capitals is a masterpiece of the Romanesque architecture. The Fleury Abbey in located in St Benoit-sur-Loire, the Benedictine abbey was founded around 640, the church is all that remains. Fleury Abbey is situated in the UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes.

  3. Loire Valley - Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The tomb of King Philip I of France, the king was buried in the church of Fleury Abbey...

    Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The tomb of King Philip I of France, the king was buried in the church of Fleury Abbey 1108, according to his wish. Fleury Abbey houses also the relics of St. Benedict of Nursia, the main patron saint of Europe, the pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Benedict of Nursia became popular and Fleury Abbey became one of the most influential abbeys in France. Fleury Abbey is situated on the banks of the Loire.

  4. Loire Valley - Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The Sainte-Croix Cathedral of Orléans is probably most famous for its association...

    Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The Sainte-Croix Cathedral of Orléans is probably most famous for its association with Joan of Arc, she attended Mass on 2 may 1429, after she successfully led the French forces to break the English siege of Orléans. The stained windows of the cathedral depict the story of Joan of Arc, the 'Maid of Orléans'. Close to the cathedral is a statue of Joan of Arc on horseback.

  5. Loire Valley - Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The George V Bridge is a stone bridge across the river Loire in Orléans, behind the...

    Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The George V Bridge is a stone bridge across the river Loire in Orléans, behind the bridge the Cathedral of Orléans. The bridge is 335 metres long and was built between 1751 and 1760. The Loire River divides Orléans in two parts, a small quarter lies on the southern bank, the main part is located on the northern bank of the Loire. Orléans is also known as the City of Joan of Arc.

  6. Loire Valley - Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The Royal Château of Blois. The Royal Castle of Blois is located in the...

    Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The Royal Château of Blois. The Royal Castle of Blois is located in the historic centre of the town of Blois. The most renowned feature of the Castle of Blois is the Spiral Staircase in the Francis I wing. The Castle of Blois was the residence of several kings of France. The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2000.

  7. Loire Valley - Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The Queen's Chamber in the Royal Château of Blois. Catherine de' Medici...

    Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The Queen's Chamber in the Royal Château of Blois. Catherine de' Medici died in this room in 1589. Behind the room lies her studiolo, a small room, the wood paneling of the room conceal four secret cabinets, they are believed to be Catherine de' Medici's secret hiding place for poisons. But probably they had the more normal purpose, to hide jewelry, precious objects and state papers.

  8. Loire Valley - Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: A 12th century stone bridge spans the river Loire near the Royal City of Blois....

    Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: A 12th century stone bridge spans the river Loire near the Royal City of Blois. Blois is built on hills, steep stairways and winding alleys are running through the town. In 1429, Joan of Arc came here to make Blois her base of operations for the liberation of Orléans, that was besieged by English forces. The Castle of Blois is situated in the centre of Blois, it once was the residence of French monarchs.

  9. Loire Valley - Loire Valley: The 440 m long stone bridge near Beaugency is probably the oldest bridge across the Loire. The 12th century bridge has 26 arches....

    Loire Valley: The 440 m long stone bridge near Beaugency is probably the oldest bridge across the Loire. The 12th century bridge has 26 arches. For a long time the bridge near Beaugency was one of only two bridges spanning the Loire between Orléans and Blois. The story says that the bridge was built by the devil, as payment, he asked the first soul that would cross the bridge. He was fooled by the villagers, they pushed a cat onto the bridge. Since then, the inhabitants of Beaugency have been nicknamed 'chats', cats.

  10. Loire Valley - Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: Beaugency is a quiet little town on the banks of the Loire. The streets are...

    Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: Beaugency is a quiet little town on the banks of the Loire. The streets are paved with cobblestones. The historic buildings reflect the colourful history of Beaugency. Beaugency was occupied by the English several times. On 16 and 17 june 1429 it was the site of the famous Battle of Beaugency, a battle led by of Joan of Arc. In the centre of Beaugency stands a statue of Joan of Arc, commemorating the role she played in the battles of the Hundred Years' War.

  11. Loire Valley - Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The square Caesar Tower in Beaugency is one of the oldest examples of Roman...

    Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The square Caesar Tower in Beaugency is one of the oldest examples of Roman military architecture. The large 11th century tower was used in the defence of Beaugency and the bridge over the Loire. In the 16th century, the Caesar Tower became part of a castle, the castle was destroyed during the Wars of Religion. During a fire in 1840, the vaults of the tower collapsed, only the outer walls are preserved.

  12. Loire Valley - Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The Castle of Chinon on the Vienne. On Friday 13 october 1307, The French King...

    Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The Castle of Chinon on the Vienne. On Friday 13 october 1307, The French King Philip IV accused the Knights Templar of heresy, the leading members of the Knights Templar were imprisoned in the Castle of Chinon. Between 1427 and 1450 the Chateau de Chinon was the residence of King Charles VII. The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes gained status as UNESCO World Heritage in 2000.

  13. Loire Valley - Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The Castle of Chinon is located on the banks of the river Vienne about 10 km...

    Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The Castle of Chinon is located on the banks of the river Vienne about 10 km from where it joins the Loire River. The Vienne is one of the most important tributaries of the Loire. The more than three hundred monuments and castles of the Loire Valley illustrate the ideals of the Renaissance and Age of Enlightenment on Western Europe. The Loire Valley is often called the cradle of the French Renaissance.

  14. Loire Valley - Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: A traditional river boat on the Loire next to the Castle of Montsoreau....

    Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: A traditional river boat on the Loire next to the Castle of Montsoreau. The castle is situated in a strategic position, at the confluence of the rivers the Vienne and the Loire. The castle has been immortalized by the writer Alexandre Dumas in his novel 'La Dame de Montsoreau'. The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2000.

  15. Loire Valley - Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The imposing Castle of Montsoreau. A small settlement was built on the banks of...

    Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: The imposing Castle of Montsoreau. A small settlement was built on the banks of the Loire in the 6th century and was rebuilt into a fortified castle in 990, the castle was rebuilt into a Renaissance castle in 1450-1460. It is the only castle in the Loire Valley to have been built directly in the riverbed of the Loire. Nowadays, the Castle of Montsoreau houses a contemporary art collection.

  16. Loire Valley - Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: Château de Chambord is the largest castle in the Loire Valley, it is known...

    Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes: Château de Chambord is the largest castle in the Loire Valley, it is known for its characteristic French Renaissance architecture. The castle was built as a hunting lodge for the French King Francis I in 1519-1547. Leonardo da Vinci visited the castle during the construction and added a few adornments. The Castle of Chambord became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1981. Since 2000, the Castle of Chambord is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire en Chalonnes.