(active 1518-1527 in Indre-et-Loire)

Exterior view

Château, Azay-le-Rideau (Indre-et-Loire)

Built between 1518 and 1527, the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau is considered one of the foremost examples of early French Renaissance architecture. Set on an island in the middle of the Indre river, this picturesque château has become one of the most popular of the châteaux of the Loire. While both wings were built in the early years of the 16th century, the château took on its final shape in the 19th century. In this respect, Azay-le-Rideau can be enjoyed as both a jewel of the Renaissance and as a representative example of the 19th-century taste for Renaissance art.

The prominent feature of the château is the main entrance to the corps-de-logis, a tall , narrow, four-storeyed pavilion in which the Orders are applied one above the other but are sometimes interrupted by the insertion of a niche in the middle of a pilaster. The vertical emphasis is strong, not only in the entrance pavilion but also in the arrangement of the windows, which are linked to form vertical strips.

The photo shows the entrance of the château.

View the plan of Château, Azay-le-Rideau.

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