Castles in the Air : Part 4

Today is the final walk through in the 3rd castle mentioned in Part 1 – The Chateau Chenonceau. This is probably one of the prettiest castles of the three and there is a definite influence from the women who occupied it over various centuries. As a reminder, below are pictures of the castle and its beautiful gardens from the outside:

Chateau Chenonceau

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View of the garden from the inside:

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“The estate of Chenonceau is mentioned for the first time in writing towards the end of the eleventh century.” In 1230, Guillaume de Marques, the first Lord of Chenonceau, built a fortified manor on the Cher river. Its foundation stood on pilings embedded into the granite bed of the river bottom. A series of moats provided security to the inhabitants. “From the thirteenth century to fifteenth century the estate of Chenonceau” would remain the property of de Marques decedents. Below is a sense of how the castle sits over the Cher river.

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The walls are decorated with Renaissance paintings and there are pieces of furniture dating to the 15th and 16th centuries. There are also  beautiful flower arrangements in many of the rooms. Note the intricate engraving of the door and over the fireplace.Paris & Montreux Jazz Festival 2012 125_1024

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I loved this beautiful chapel below:

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I found this wall hanging with words written by Laure Menier very timeless in its definition of our eternal pursuit  and understanding of happiness

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I loved the old world look of the kitchens which are situated on the first two piers above the river. I’d guess though that this was mainly the domain of the “servants”

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A view of the river from the kitchen

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One of the things I was fascinated by was the mechanism/contraption that served to pump out water as opposed to our modern day taps.

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The well outside the front of the castle is the source of water. Note it intricate design.

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Finally, just another interesting feature of the old castles and churches are gargoyles used to channel water from rooftops. I took this picture  from above. Again, I’m fascinated with the work that went into the art, design and craftsmanship of these yesteryears.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey with me. Please join me next week on  the start of a series I’ll be doing on Egypt.