department: indre-et-loir (37)
region: centre

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.

Chateau visits

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


Tourist office
4 rue du Chateau, 37190 Azay le Rideau
Tel: 02 47 45 44 40

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