Fundamentally, the small town of Azay-le-Rideau is all about its chateau, a stunning piece of work, built from 1515 to 1527 on an island in the Indre River, and one of the earliest French Renaissance châteaux. Occupying the site of a former feudal caste, its foundations rise straight out of the water in dramatic fashion.
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There is a church dedicated to Saint Symphorien near the château that is interesting for the number of architectural periods incorporated in its design.
Wine lovers will be pleased to hear that Azay-le-Rideau is the centre of the Touraine Azay-le-Rideau AOC for white and rosé wine.
4 rue du Chateau, 37190 Azay le Rideau
Tel: 02 47 45 44 40