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Centre-Val de Loire has a significant cultural heritage and is full of interesting history. Loved by many kings of France, the region is home to the largest concentration of French châteaux in the country. From medieval fortresses to Renaissance structures, all the way up to castles from the modern age, there are so many feats of architecture to walk around and enjoy. Discover the imposing Château de Chambord, the romantic Château de Chenonceau, or even the charming Château de Villandry.
The region also has an exceptional religious heritage with some of the biggest cathedrals of France such as the Chartres cathedrals, Tours cathedrals, Bourges cathedrals and Orleans cathedrals. The region is also known for its charming villages such as Saint-Benoit-du-Sault, Apremont-sur-Allier, beautiful historical city, many sumptuous gardens and romantic Loire’s River bank.
For wildlife lovers, this is one the best region for you! With the Loire’s River, the Brenne Regional Nature Park and its thousands of ponds, Châteauroux forest, the Berry canal towpath and the vineyards of Sancerrois… For animal’s lovers, enjoy the famous Zoo de Beauval and discover more than 8000 animals in 600 different species and 35 hectares of area.
A shining example of French Renaissance architecture, Château d’Azay-le-Rideau was built on an island on the Indre River during the reign of King Francis I. With a combination of French tradition and Italian décor, the castle has become a real emblem of a turning point in architecture during the 16th century.
At the request of King François I, a lover of the arts and a passionate hunter, the construction of Château de Chambord began in 1519. However, the building was completed long after under Louis XIV, the Sun King. The château has since become an internationally recognised symbol of the French Renaissance, both in Europe and throughout the world. Chambord, the dream of a French king!