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Tours and the Chateau of Villandry
Tours and the Chateau of VillandryBy car, 31 km, 1 day
Tours is not only the capital of the Loire Valley, and a large city with a rich historical heritage: it is also a town where it is extremely pleasant to live, enlivened by the presence of 25,000 students. 15 km from Tours, Villandry and its magnificent plant mosaics remind us that we are in the region known as "the garden of France".Customise this route and add it to My travel book
It was started in the middle of the 13C and finished in the 16C. This cathedral illustrates the whole progress of the Gothic style. The flamboyant facade is particularly beautiful. Great purity of the inside lines. The choir, one of the most beautiful of the 13C is attributed to Étienne of Mortagne, architect of the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. But, above all, the people of Tours are proud of the magnificent windows. The graceful tomb of Charles VIII's children is touching.
Set off on a fascinating journey into the world of the "journeymen" upon entering the monk's dormitory of St. Julien's Abbey. Trade guild customs and ceremonies (the "cayenne" where the meetings were held, the "topage", etc.) and masterpieces (magnificent frameworks, even a chocolate violin) illustrate the know-how of these craftsmen who are also artists. Not to be missed!
Built at the end of the Renaissance, the château of Villandry has retained the keep of the earlier fortress. Announcing the premises of classical architecture, its interior decor is particularly impressive. The chamber with the 13C Mudejar ceiling from Toledo was designed by the Spaniard, Carvallo, who supplied the Spanish furniture and paintings for the château.