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Francis I 's bedroom.

The stairaese leading up to the first floor, to Katherine Briconnet's hall.

Yhe ceiling is made of exposed joists, and above the doors are marble medaillons of Roman emperors, brought back from Italy by Catherine de Medici.

One of the six Audenarde tapestries from the 17th century decorating the hall on the first floor.

Nattier painted the portrait of Louise Dupin (1706-1799), one of the ladies who owned the chateau.Her father, Samuel Bernard was the banker of Louis XIV. She was a very well educated and intelligent lady, who supported the Encyclopedists. They were a group of 18th-century writers in France who compiled and wrote the Encyclopédie, edited by Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d'Alembert. Many were part of the intellectual group known as the philosophes. They promoted the advancement of science and secular thought and supported tolerance, rationality, and open-mindedness of the Enlightenment. She welcomed Voltaire, Pousseau, Montesquieu, Diderot and others to the chateau. Her kindness, generosity and intelligence saved Chenonceau from destruction during the French revolution.

Louis XIV's drawing room. It is commemorating his visit in the castle on 14 of July, 1650. The Renaissance fireplace features the Salamander again, Francis I's emblem. The chairs are covered in Aubusson tapestry.

The old and the new…

The moat around the old fortress was kept.

L'orangerie serves now as the restaurant of the chateau.

A guard house at the entrance of the estate, which is our final sight of this magnificent place.

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      2011.04.16 Edited

      Agi nous y étions en Août dernier, j'ai beaucoup aimé !
      et j'ai pris les mêmes photos que vous ! j'aime la 2, et le jour de notre visite, le bouquet était de couleur orange.!

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      2011.04.16 Edited

      Amazing shots, Agi! I love how they have all those fresh flowers! Do they do that all the time?