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France-001638 - Château de Chenonceau

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Château de Chenonceau spans the River Cher, near the small village of Chenonceaux. It is one of the most well-known châteaux of the Loire valley. The current château was built in 1514-1522 on the foundations of an old mill and was later extended to span the river. The bridge over the river was built between 1556-1559.

 

The original château was torched in 1412 by King Charles VII to punish owner Jean Marques for supporting the Duke of Bourgogne and the English.

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Taken on June 26, 2014