Château de Chenonceau (crs)

 

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Chenonceau is mentioned for the first time in writing towards the end of the 11th century.  From the 13th to the 15th century, the estate, with its feudal manor, was the property of the Marques family.  In 1411 a royal order punishing Jean Marques for an act of sedition included an order for the destruction of the manor.  In 1432 Jean Marques had a castle and a fortified mill built on the river Cher to replace the destroyed manor.  In 1513 Pierre Marques, Jean's heir, sold the castle to Thomas Bohier, the General Tax Collector for Normandie.  In 1515 Thomas Bohier razed all existing buildings and then undertook the construction of the third generation of castle.  He retained the donjon which was modified to fit contemporary fashion, the system of moats and the pillars of the mill as foundation stones for the new structure in the middle of the river.  During Thomas Bohier’s absence in Italy, his wife, Catherine Briçonnet, took over the construction.  In 1521-22 the chapel was consecrated by Cardinal Bohier, a relative of Thomas and the castle was completed and the surrounding estate laid out.  In 1535 Antoine Bohler gave the castle to the Crown to pay off the debts incurred by his father.  The High Constable of Montmorency took possession of the castle in the name of François 1st.  The King, however, who was at the time engaged in the building of Chambord, was only moderately interested in the castle of Chenonceau.  After many additional changes in ownership in 1951 the property was bought by Mr. Hubert Menier and his wife.  The château has approximately 1,000,000 visitors per year.  This is my favorite chateau.  The current owner provides a pleasant place to have lunch.

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