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Loire Valley, France

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A couple of hours south of Paris, the Loire Valley is a cultural landscape of great beauty, containing historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments, and cultivated lands formed by many centuries of interaction between their population and the physical environment. The architectural monuments span the period which saw the transition from castles as defensive structures (Loches) to renaissance chateaux, places of luxury, pleasure and refinement, which have retained defensive elements only for ornemental reasons. The Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Abbaye de Frontevrault (Abbey of Frontevrault). Loire Valley, France ( color) Azay-le-rideau chateau. Loire Valley, France ( color) Azay-le-rideau chateau and Park. Loire Valley, France ( color) Azay-le-rideau chateau entrance. Loire Valley, France ( color) Staircase detail of Azay-le-rideau chateau. Loire Valley, France ( color) Sycamores, alley leading to Chenonceaux chateau. Loire Valley, France ( color) Estate of Chenonceaux chateau. Loire Valley, France ( color) Chenonceaux chateau and gardens. Loire Valley, France ( color) Chenonceaux chateau. Loire Valley, France ( color) Gallery hall in the Chenonceaux chateau. Loire Valley, France ( color) Kitchen of the Chenonceaux chateau. Loire Valley, France ( color) Chambord chateau. Loire Valley, France ( color) Chambord chateau. Loire Valley, France ( color) Chambord chateau at dusk. Loire Valley, France ( color) Detail of Chambord chateau with moon. Loire Valley, France ( color) Blois across the Loire River. Loire Valley, France ( color) Loches palace. Loire Valley, France ( color) Medieval dungeon of the Loches castle. Loire Valley, France ( color) View of Loches from the dungeon. Loire Valley, France ( color) Troglodyte houses. Loire Valley, France ( color)
There are 20 color pictures on this page out of 33 color pictures of Loire Valley.

Themes: Loire Chateaux

Places: France World Heritage Sites