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The Château
Château
de Villandry
Villandry
is a grand country house located in Villandry, in the département of Indre-et-Loire, France. It is especially known for its beautiful gardens.

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1 History 2 Recent times 3 References 4 External links

History[edit] The lands where an ancient fortress once stood were known as Columbine until the 17th century. They were acquired in the early 16th century by Jean Le Breton, France's Controller-General for War under King Francis I, and a new château was constructed around the original 14th-century keep where King Philip II of France
France
once met Richard I of England to discuss peace. The château remained in the Le Breton family for more than two centuries until it was acquired by the Marquis de Castellane. During the French Revolution
French Revolution
the property was confiscated and in the early 19th century, Emperor Napoleon acquired it for his brother Jérôme Bonaparte. In 1906, Joachim Carvallo purchased the property and poured an enormous amount of time, money and devotion into repairing it and creating extremely beautiful gardens. Its famous Renaissance
Renaissance
gardens include a water garden, ornamental flower gardens, and vegetable gardens. The gardens are laid out in formal patterns created with low box hedges. In 1934, Château
Château
de Villandry
Villandry
was designated a Monument historique. Like all the other châteaux of the Loire Valley, it is a World Heritage Site. Recent times[edit] Still owned by the Carvallo family, the Château
Château
de Villandry
Villandry
is open to the public and is one of the most visited châteaux in France; in 2007 the château received about 330,000 visitors.[1] References[edit]

^ Garrett, Martin (2010), The Loire: a Cultural History, Oxford University Press, p. xxii, ISBN 9780199768394 

External links[edit]

Official website Castle of Villandry
Villandry
on Google Cultural Institute Château
Château
de Villandry
Villandry
- The official website of France
France
(in English) Photos of Villandry

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Châteaux of the Loire Valley

Amboise Angers Azay-le-Rideau Beauregard Blois La Bourdaisière Brissac Chambord Chaumont Chenonceau Châteaudun Cheverny Chinon Gizeux Langeais Loches Lude Menars Meung-sur-Loire Montreuil-Bellay Montpoupon Montrésor Montsoreau Pignerolle Plessis-Bourré Plessis-lez-Tours Réaux Le Rivau Saumur Selles-sur-Cher Serrant Sully Talcy Tours Troussay Ussé Valençay Villandry Villesavin

Coordinates: 47°20′26″N 0°30′46″E / 47.34056°N 0.51278°E /

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