Sunday, May 12, 2013

Renaissance Architecture: Château de Chenonceau - Chenonceau, France

Interesting Places I've Photographed
Château de Chenonceau
Chenonceau, France
Topic: Philatelic Photograph, Renaissance Architecture

N 47° 19.540 E 001° 04.181

Quick Description:

Château de Chenonceau, known as "Château des Dames" (Castle of the Ladies), is the second the most visited castle in France, after Versailles. it is located in the Loire Valley in the town of Chenonceau in France.

Long Description:

A property of the Crown, then a royal residence, Chenonceau Castle features an original architectural design, period furnishings, formal gardens and an exceptional location. Historically, it is cherished because it was administered and protected by extraordinary women. Hence its nickname - Château des Dames.

The Renaissance-style Château de Chenonceau was built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet, and successively embellished by Diane de Poitiers then Catherine de Medici. It was protected from destruction during the French Revolution by Madame Dupin. This elegant castle has attracted great talented and inspired artists. Inside you will find the room of Five Queens, the living room of Louis XIV, kitchens constructed in the piers of the bridge. the Green Cabinet of Catherine de Medici. The most outstanding feature is the Grand Gallery which is constructed overlooking the River Cher.

The stamp was issued by France on June 10,1944 as part of an ongoing series of stamps depicting the Châteaux of France.

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