"the chateaux of the Loire"

 

Château de Chambord
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeChâteau de Chambord, Loire Valley - Credit: Neige19

The Loire Valley is an area of central France which is renowned for its châteaux (castles or large stately homes).

The Châteaux of the Loire were built by French kings and the French nobility in towns such as Amboise, Blois, Chinon, Nantes and Tours, all of which are situated on the banks of the River Loire.

Inevitably, many of the châteaux were destroyed or ransacked during the French Revolution.

 

Château de Brézé
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeChâteau de Brézé, Loire Valley - Credit: Orikrin 1998