Cities in Centre-Val de Loire

An other major destination are the Châteaux of the Loire Valley. The French Revolution saw a number of the great French châteaux destroyed and many ransacked, their treasures stolen. The overnight impoverishment of many of the deposed nobility, usually after one of its members lost his or her head to the guillotine, saw many châteaux demolished.

During World War I and World War II, some chateaux were commandeered as military headquarters. Some of these continued to be used this way after the end of the Second World War.

This World Heritage Site is noteworthy for the quality of its architectural heritage, in its historic towns such as Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Nantes, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours, but in particular for its castles, such as the Châteaux d’Amboise, de Chambord, d’Ussé, de Villandry and Chenonceau, which illustrate to an exceptional degree the ideals of the French Renaissance.

See also: Attractions in Centre-Val de Loire

Saint-Benoît-du-Sault is a medieval village , perched in a curve on a rocky butte overlooking the Portefeuille River in the former province of Berry. In 1988, it was named one of “the most beautiful villages of France.”

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