6 Beautiful French Castles

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France is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. One of many things that makes France so beautiful are its castles. Here are 6 of the most beautiful castles.

Chateau Chambord

Chateau Chambord is located in the Loire Valley and it is one of the most famous castles in the world. It represents French Renaissance architecture. It was built as a hunting lodge for King Francois I. After its reconstruction following WWII it became one of most visited castles in the world.

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Chambord

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Chateau Chantilly

Chateau Chantilly was built in 1484. It was destroyed in the French revolution and rebuilt in 1870. As it is located near Paris it is perfect place for those tourists that are looking for a break from the city.  Chateau Chantilly was featured in a James Bond movie.

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Chateau Chenonceau

Chateau Chenonceau is built as bridge on the river Cher. That makes it one of most interesting castles in France. In WWII it was located on the border. One side of the castle was on was in the Occupied Zone while the other side was in the French Free Zone.

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Pierrefonds

Pierrefonds was built in the 12th century. Since then it was rebuilt a few times. The last time it was rebuilt in 19th century by Napoleon III. It was rebuilt like a 14th century  castle.

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Chateau de Chaumont

Chateau de Chaumont was built in th e10th century as a fortress, but later it was rebuilt as a renaissance chateau. It is located in the Loire Valley. Unlike many other castles in the Loire Valley, Chateau de Chaumont was not damaged by the French Revolution.

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Château d’Ussé

Château d’Ussé was built in the 15th century and then expanded in the 17th century. It is located in the Indre Valley. It is believed that it inspired Charles Perrault for his novel Sleeping Beauty.

Rigny-UssŽ (Indre-et-Loire)

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1 Comment

  1. Giovanna

    January 25, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    France is an amazing country to visit. It’s so varied and each region has its own unique feel. I love visiting the castles when I can.

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