Château de Chenonceau is the Dames castle spanning on the Cher River in France. This castle was built and expended by several well-known women like Katherine Briçonnet, Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici.
The château de Chenonceau was built by Katherine Briçonnet in XVI century and then in 1547 Henry II offered the château as a gift to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. She extended the arched bridge joining the château to its opposite bank.
After King Henry II died, his widow and regent Catherine de Medici forced Diane to quit the castle. She spent a fortune on the château and on spectacular night-time parties. The grand gallery, which extended along the existing bridge to cross the entire river, was dedicated in 1577.
After Catherine death the castle went to Louise de Lorraine who seclude herself in the castle after the husband assassination. Louise Dupin saved the château from destruction during the French Revolution.
I have already visited several castles on the Loire Valley and I can confirm surely that the château de Chenonceau is the one of the more beautiful and magic. Interior layout, colours and gallery above the river create an unique style of the chateau. The castle is surrounded by the beautiful gardens of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici.