The Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire, France

Azay-le-Rideau…

This Chateau, which was built between 1518 and 1527, is simply stunning… We stayed in the town and so it was only a 2 minute walk to the walled gardens of the Chateau on what was thankfully a relatively sunny morning. While we would not have the time to go into every Chateau on our list, this one was quite small and was definitely one I wanted to explore… This is naturally an image heavy post…I was in architectural photographer heaven!!!

The Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire, France
The stunning Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire, France
The impressive walk up to the Chateau © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire, France
The Chateau as seen from the southern side… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire, France
This Salamander sculpture of Francis I sits above the main entrance… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

Having walked around the Chateau, it was time to enjoy the interior before the rush of other visitors…

The Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire, France
A two image stitch looking back to the front gate… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire, France
Red opulence… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Stairwell inside the Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire, France
I always enjoy the shapes that stairwells can offer… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Stairwell inside the Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire, France
From a landing… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The Chateau od Azay-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire, France
Stained glass window art… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

Of course I could not resist wandering around the outside again, taking more images as the light changed.

The Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire, France
We just missed the tulips at Azay; at least we saw them at Monet’s Gardens… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire, France
Through the trees… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire, France
From the west side… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire, France
The front gate at Azay-le-Rideau © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire, France
More of the Wisteria… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
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