Chenonceau Chateau Photos

Chenonceau Chateau is of note because it bridges the River Cher making it one of the most scenic sites of the Loire area. It has an interesting history as the home Diane de Poitiers (mistress of King Henry II), who was then evicted by Henry's wife Catherine de Medici who moved into and governed from the Chateau. Later it became a military hospital in WWI and then it served as a resistance smuggling route in WWII since the Cher was the boundary between Nazi-occupied France & Vichy, France. The restored interior contains a fine antique kitchen, antique furniture of the royal era and a history/art gallery within the bridge.

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Chenonceau Chateau forms bridge over River Cher. Chenonceau, France.Facade of Chenonceau Chateau over River Cher. Chenonceau, France.Chenonceau Chateau bridge reflected in River Cher. Chenonceau, France.Chenonceau Chateau entrance & bridge. Chenonceau, France.
Chenonceau Chateau forms bridge over River Cher. Chenonceau, France.Facade of Chenonceau Chateau over River Cher. Chenonceau, France.Chenonceau Chateau bridge reflected in River Cher. Chenonceau, France.Chenonceau Chateau entrance & bridge. Chenonceau, France.
Entrance facade of Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Bridge between Forecourt & Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Marques Tower updated to Renaissance style at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Facade details of Marques Tower at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Entrance facade of Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Bridge between Forecourt & Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Marques Tower updated (early 1500s) to Renaissance style at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Facade details of Marques Tower at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Doorway details of Marques Tower at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Forecourt view at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Diane de Poitiers' garden at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Catherine de Medici's garden at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Doorway details of Marques Tower at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Forecourt view at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Diane de Poitiers' garden at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Catherine de Medici's garden at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Chenonceau Chateau seen from Catherine de Medici's garden. Chenonceau, France.Alleyway of trees leading to Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Walkway to Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Entrance facade of Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Chenonceau Chateau seen from Catherine de Medici's garden. Chenonceau, France.Alleyway of trees leading to Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Walkway to Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Entrance facade of Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Chapel spire & pepper pot tower atop Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Roofline of Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Royal crest over entrance at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Round balconies over front entrance at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Chapel spire & pepper pot tower atop Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Roofline of Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Royal crest over entrance at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Round balconies over front entrance at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Gargoyle drainage at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Lead drainpipe in form of dog head at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Guards' room with Flanders tapestries at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Modern stained glass in Gothic Chapel at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Gargoyle drainage at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Lead drainpipe in form of dog head at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Guards' room with Flanders tapestries (16thC) at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Modern stained glass in Gothic Chapel at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Winged stone lion of St. Mark the Evangelist in Chapel at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Marble Madonna & Child by Mino da Fiesole in Chapel at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Diane de Poitiers' bedroom at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Renaissance bed in Diane de Poitiers' bedroom at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Winged stone lion of St. Mark the Evangelist in Chapel at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Marble Madonna & Child by Mino da Fiesole in Chapel at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Diane de Poitiers' bedroom at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Renaissance bed in Diane de Poitiers' bedroom at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Fireplace carved with initials of Henry II & Catherine de' Medici by Jean Goujon frames a portrait of Catherine by Sauvage in Diane de Poitiers' bedroom at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Portrait of Catherine de' Medici by Sauvage over fireplace in Diane de Poitiers' bedroom at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Bronze statue of Diane d'Anet in Diane de Poitiers' bedroom placed to remind of Henri II's mistress at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Renaissance Henry II armchair in Diane de Poitiers' bedroom at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Fireplace carved with initials of Henry II & Catherine de' Medici by Jean Goujon frames a portrait of Catherine by Sauvage in Diane de Poitiers' bedroom at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Portrait of Catherine de' Medici by Sauvage over fireplace in Diane de Poitiers' bedroom at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Bronze statue of Diane d'Anet (19thC) in Diane de Poitiers' bedroom placed to remind of Henri II's mistress at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Renaissance Henry II armchair in Diane de Poitiers' bedroom at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Catherine de' Medici's Green Study at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Italian cabinet in Green Study at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Collection of paintings in Green Study at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Holy Family painting by Andrea del Sarto in Library off Green Study at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Catherine de' Medici's Green Study at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Italian cabinet (16thC) in Green Study at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Collection of paintings in Green Study at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Holy Family painting by Andrea del Sarto in Library off Green Study at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Three Bishops painting by José Ribera over other paintings like Jesus chasing Merchants from Temple by Jouvenet in Green Study at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.To the Aristolochia tapestry which celebrates discovery of America made in Brussels in Green Study at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Gallery bridge over Cher River at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.View of Cher River through Gallery window at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Three Bishops painting by José Ribera over other paintings like Jesus chasing Merchants from Temple by Jouvenet (center) in Green Study at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.To the Aristolochia tapestry which celebrates discovery of America made in Brussels (16thC) in Green Study at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Gallery bridge over Cher River at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.View of Cher River through Gallery window at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Cher River from Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Cher River from Gallery at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Tour boat on Cher River approaching Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Tour boat on Cher River after passing under Gallery bridge of Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Cher River from Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Cher River from Gallery at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Tour boat on Cher River approaching Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Tour boat on Cher River after passing under Gallery bridge of Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Ball room level of Gallery Bridge which during WWII was passage between Vichy & Nazi-occupied France as at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Medallion with historic figure on lower level of Gallery Bridge at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Fireplace on lower level of Gallery Bridge at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Medallion with historic figure on lower level of Gallery Bridge at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Ball room level of Gallery Bridge which during WWII was passage between Vichy & Nazi-occupied France as at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Medallion with historic figure on lower level of Gallery Bridge at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Fireplace on lower level of Gallery Bridge at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Medallion with historic figure on lower level of Gallery Bridge at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Plaque marks use of Gallery Bridge as hospital in WWI at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Kitchen sink with pump to bring water up from river at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Kitchen cabinet with clock at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Copper pots in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Plaque marks use of Gallery Bridge as hospital in WWI at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Kitchen sink with pump to bring water up from river at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Kitchen cabinet with clock at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Copper pots in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Copper beaker & hot water pot in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Ceramic pots on wooden cabinet in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Ceramic jars in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Ceramic jars in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Copper beaker & hot water pot in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Ceramic pots on wooden cabinet in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Ceramic jars in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Ceramic jars in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Wrought iron support in fireplace in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Water pump in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Basket backpack in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Servant's call bells in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Wrought iron support in fireplace in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Water pump in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Basket backpack in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Servant's call bells in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Copper water dispenser in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Copper water dispenser with sideboard in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Iron griddles in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Staff eating area in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Copper water dispenser in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Copper water dispenser with sideboard in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Iron griddles in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Staff eating area in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Flowers in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Planter & devices in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Butcher block in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Water pump in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Flowers in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Planter & devices in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Butcher block in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Water pump in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Wild boar's head on wall in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Ranges & copper cookware in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Cast iron range in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Antique French cast iron press for oil or cider in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Wild boar's head on wall in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Ranges & copper cookware in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Cast iron range in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Antique French cast iron press for oil or cider in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Coffee grinder in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Clockwork spit for roasting meat before fire in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Renaissance fireplace in François I drawing room at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Three graces painting by Van Loo beside cabinet in François I drawing room at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Coffee grinder in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Clockwork spit for roasting meat before fire in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Renaissance fireplace in François I drawing room at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Three graces painting by Van Loo beside cabinet in François I drawing room at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Portrait of Laura Vittoria Mancini owner of Chenonceau in 17thC dressed as Diana the Huntress in François I drawing room at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Diane de Poitiers as Diana the Huntress painting by Primaticcio surrounded by collared portraits of era at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Self-portrait by Anthony van Dyck at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Louis XIV's drawing room with Aubuson tapestries on chairs at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Portrait of Laura Vittoria Mancini owner of Chenonceau in 17thC dressed as Diana the Huntress in François I drawing room at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Diane de Poitiers as Diana the Huntress painting (1556) by Primaticcio surrounded by collared portraits of era at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Self-portrait by Anthony van Dyck at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Louis XIV's drawing room with Aubuson tapestries on chairs at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Renaissance fireplace with François I salamander & Queen Claude de France ermine crests in Louis XIV's drawing room at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Renaissance fireplace detail of François I salamander & Queen Claude de France ermine crests in Louis XIV's drawing room at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Cast iron fireplace back in Louis XIV's drawing room at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Portrait of Louis XIV by Hyacinthe Rigaud in frame by Lepautre at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Renaissance fireplace with François I salamander & Queen Claude de France ermine crests in Louis XIV's drawing room at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Renaissance fireplace detail of François I salamander & Queen Claude de France ermine crests in Louis XIV's drawing room at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Cast iron fireplace back (1683) in Louis XIV's drawing room at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Portrait of Louis XIV by Hyacinthe Rigaud in frame by Lepautre at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Portrait of Louis XV by Jen-Baptiste Van Loo at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Infants Jesus & Jean the Baptist painting by Peter Paul Rubens at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Canopy bed in bedroom of five queens at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Carved table in bedroom of five queens at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Portrait of Louis XV by Jen-Baptiste Van Loo at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Infants Jesus & Jean the Baptist painting by Peter Paul Rubens at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Canopy bed in bedroom of five queens at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Carved table in bedroom of five queens at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Cabinet in bedroom of five queens at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Fireplace, armchairs & canopy bed in Cesarof Vendôme's bedroom at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Catherine de Medici's bedroom at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Life of Samson tapestry from Flanders in Catherine de Medici's bedroom at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Cabinet in bedroom of five queens at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Fireplace, armchairs & canopy bed in Cesarof Vendôme's bedroom at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Catherine de Medici's bedroom at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Life of Samson tapestry from Flanders in Catherine de Medici's bedroom at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Education of Amour painting by Correggio at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Baroque ceiling painting at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Sculpted fireplace at end of Medici gallery on bridge at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Medici gallery museum with marble Venus dei Medici sculpture at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Education of Amour painting by Correggio at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Baroque ceiling painting at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Sculpted fireplace at end of Medici gallery on bridge at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Medici gallery museum with marble Venus dei Medici sculpture at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Museum displays in Medici gallery at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Greenery with birds tapestry by Royal Manufactory of Aubusson, France at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Unicorn, griffin & ferocious beasts tapestry by Flemish workshop in Oudenaarde at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Detail of rabbits on Flemish tapestry from Oudenaarde at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Museum displays in Medici gallery at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Greenery with birds tapestry (18thC) by Royal Manufactory of Aubusson, France at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Unicorn, griffin & ferocious beasts tapestry (end 16thC) by Flemish workshop in Oudenaarde at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Detail of rabbits on Flemish tapestry from Oudenaarde at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Drawing of chateau core that Katherine Briçonnet, wife of Thomas Bohier, had built after they demolished all but the foundation of an ancient mill & the Marques tower of the existing fort at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Drawing of bridge addition Diane de Poitiers had built to facilitate new garden on far bank at Chenonceau Chateau. Project including unbuilt galleries were designed by Philibert de l'Orme. Chenonceau, France.Drawing of bridge galleries that Catherine de Medicis had built after she forced out Diane at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Chenonceau Chateau antique lithograph showing Medici bridge galleries. Chenonceau, France.
Drawing of chateau core that Katherine Briçonnet, wife of Thomas Bohier, had built (1494-1526) after they demolished all but the foundation of an ancient mill & the Marques tower of the existing fort at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Drawing of bridge addition Diane de Poitiers had built (1547) to facilitate new garden on far bank at Chenonceau Chateau. Project including unbuilt galleries were designed by Philibert de l'Orme. Chenonceau, France.Drawing of bridge galleries that Catherine de Medicis had built (1559) after she forced out Diane at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Chenonceau Chateau antique lithograph showing Medici bridge galleries. Chenonceau, France.
Chenonceau Chateau antique lithograph showing chapel facade & Medici bridge galleries with tourists in 19thC dress. Chenonceau, France.Chenonceau Chateau antique graphic showing tower, chapel facade & Medici bridge galleries. Chenonceau, France.Medici banquet enamel painting at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Chenonceau painting at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Chenonceau Chateau antique lithograph showing chapel facade & Medici bridge galleries with tourists in 19thC dress. Chenonceau, France.Chenonceau Chateau antique graphic showing tower, chapel facade & Medici bridge galleries. Chenonceau, France.Medici banquet enamel painting at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Chenonceau painting (18thC) at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Louise de Lorraine portrait at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Diane de Poitiers sculpture bust after Jean Goujon at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Donkeys grazing at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Louise de Lorraine portrait (16thC) at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Diane de Poitiers (mistress of Henri II) sculpture bust after Jean Goujon at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Donkeys grazing at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.

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