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1515-1521Originally belonged to tax collector Thomas Bohier. His wife, Katherine Briçonnet began the construction of the Château in 1515 and is responsible for its Renaissance style.They left the castle to their son. Due to his signigicant debt, he had to turn it over the royal family.1547After François I's death, his son Henri II gave the château to his older Mistress Diane de Poitiers. Diane is responsible for adding the gardens and bridge.1559After Henri II’s death, his wife Catherine de Medici evicted Diane de Poitiers and took over the Château. Catherine added the gallery that runs from one end of Chenonceau Castle to the other.1589Catherine bequeathed the castle to her daughter-in-law Louise of Lorraine. She spent her time there mourning her husband. 1733After switching hands numerous times, being abandoned, and having many of its contents sold, Chenonceau was sold to Claude Dupin. His wife, Madame Louise Dupin used the Château as a place to entertain many of the Enlightenment leaders. She saved Chenonceau from destruction during the Revolution, turning it into a salon for writers and philosophers.1864The castle, in a rundown state, was sold to Monsieur and Madame Pelouze. They began restoring it.

The 6 Women of the Castle

WWI-The Gallery served as a hospitalWWII- The entrance of the Château was on the Nazi occupied side of France. However, the southside of the castle was on the free or "Vichy" side. The castle was used as an escape route.

Importance During the Wars


Chenonceau bought by the Menier family (famous for their chocolates) in 1913. They restored the Castle in the 1950s (after the 1940 Cher River flood), bringing it to it's present day state.



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