Castles and culture
La galerie des glaces
Château de Versailles
Do not miss “Lights of Chartres” in April and October.
Chartres and its cathedral(30 minutes)
With its French gardens designed by Lenôtre, it was the home of Madame de Maintenon, mistress and then wife of Louis XIV.
Château de Maintenon (20 minutes)
The castle park is home to various scenes of Perrault’s tales that will delight your children
Château de Breteuil (30 minutes)
The castle of Madame de Maintenon. The story of Madame de Maintenon is one of a governess who became King’s wife! chateaudemaintenon.fr
The initial project was to take water from the river Loire, 150Km futher South, but this was considered to be to far so the architect Vauban decided to use the river Eure instead. However, due to a war the second project was never completed
. The main vestiges, also parts of the cannal, are the aqueduct of Maintenon, the sluice of Boizard at Pontgouin source of the cannal, the ark Mulet in St Arnoult-des-Bois.
a renaissance castle built by Henri II for Diane de Poitier. chateaudanet.com
Claude Monet lived for forty-three years, from 1883 to 1926, in his house in Giverny. With a passion for gardening as well as for colours, he conceived both his flower garden and water garden as true works of art. Walking through his house and gardens, visitors can still feel the atmosphere which reigned at the home of the Master of Impressionnism and marvel at the floral compositions and nymphéas, his greatest sources of inspiration. fondation-monet.com
The Seine banks from the Pont de Sully at Bir-Hakeim Bridge is one of the most beautiful urban river landscapes in the world and is listed on the inventory of UNESCO World Heritage. It includes, from east to west: Notre Dame, the Louvre, Les Invalides (where you can see the tomb of Napoleon), the Alexandre III Bridge, the Grand Palais, the Quai Branly Museum, the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero.
The Louvre Museum is one of the largest of the world, with its exhibition area of 60,600 m², and its collections include about 460 000 works. These present Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, those of ancient civilizations (Oriental, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman).
The heritage of the nineteenth century is very abundant in Paris with the Arc de Triomphe, the Palais Garnier, built at the end of the Second Empire.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the top of the Montmartre hill
Contemporary architecture in Paris is represented by the Center Pompidou, the building of the 1970s which houses the National Museum of Modern Art, the Institute of the Arab World, the National Library of France, the Opera Bastille, the Pyramid of Louvre work of the architect Ieoh Ming Pei. Quai Branly Museum of Arts and Civilization designed by Jean Nouvel, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, designed by Frank Gehry, inaugurated in 2014.
It is in the courtyard of the Louvre that begins the historic axis of Paris: it is a monumental alignment of buildings and communication routes from the heart of the city towards the west.
It begins at the statue of Louis XIV in the main courtyard of the Louvre Palace, passes under the arc of the Carrousel and continues through the Tuileries Garden, the Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Elysées and ends at the Arc of Triumph.
From the 1960s, the prospect was extended to the west by the construction of the business district of La Défense, and in 1989 by the construction of “l’Arche de la Défense”.
A magical atmosphere as soon as you arrive. Captivated by a wondrous forest, you will discover extraordinary architecture imagined by François I and imbued with the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci. When you visit Chambord, over a few hours you will explore half a millennium of French history. www.chambord.org
Loire Valley is the Valley of kings,nearly 80 exceptional sites and monuments open for visit from Nantes to Sully-sur-Loire, forming a collection of unrivalled heritage to explore in the heart of the Loire Valley landscape, part of which is listed as UNESCO World Heritage. It is also numerous vineyards and beautiful gardens.