Photographer's Note

The Chateau de Chenonceau, built on the Cher in Touraine (Region Center, France). This Loire chateau was built by Thomas and his wife Bohier Briçonnet, but Catherine de Medici that one has galleries on the River.

The castle is built into the bed of the Cher, on the pillars of a bridge became a fortified mill around 1230 and then a castle built by the family of brands. In the late fifteenth century, Pierre Marques, then in financial difficulties, was forced to part ways. It is acquired by several parties Bohier Thomas, Receiver General of Finances of Normandy. On February 8, 1513, with a final payment of 12 500 pounds, Thomas Bohier became the sole owner. He demolished the old castle, with the exception of the tower (the tower of Marks, adapted in Renaissance style) and the adjacent wells. The main building square which is the original castle was built between 1513 and 1521. Bohier being occupied by the war, especially his wife, Katherine Briconnet a Touraine family owned a large financial directed the work done and the architectural choices. Thus, for the first time, the pieces are spread on either side of a central hallway, which greatly facilitates the service. Similarly, another novelty of Chenonceau: the staircase banister right, more convenient and better suited to receptions that spiral staircase.

Bohier Thomas died in 1524. He was recipient of the Finance and General Intendant of Finance Charles VIII, Louis XII and Francis I and the motto was: "If he comes at me remember." His widow died two years later, in 1526.

At his death a state audit shows fraud. Francis then imposes a heavy fine to his heirs (the king claimed nearly 190 000 livres to the son of Thomas, Anthony) and confiscates the field in 1535.

Henri II to supply her favorite Diane de Poitiers, a young widow of the old Marshal Breze, Duchess of Valentino. It is built on the right bank of the Cher, by Don Pacello da Mercogliano the garden that bears his name and entrusted his regular architect, Philibert de l'Orme or Delorme - who gave his name to a famous type of structure - the task of build a bridge connecting the castle to the left bank in order to create new gardens and access to larger hunts, this bridge was part of the original plans Bohier.

Theme Le château de Chenonceau

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