department: indre-et-loir (37)
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.
All images © Centre des monuments nationaux
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.
October to March: 1000 to 1715
April to September: 0930 to 1800 (July and August: 0930 to 1900)
January 1, May 1 and December 25