Castles and Palaces
   

French castles  

 

France is world renowned for its famous chateaux’s and palaces. In France you will find a big diversity of castles and palaces ranging from early medieval fortifications to sumptuous rococo, baroque or renaissance palaces.

French castles and palaces are commonly referred as chateau (chateaux for plural) in France. And in France there is no clear distinction between a medieval defensive structure and a royal residential building. However the word chateau has a broad meaning as in France the word also refers to smaller manor houses.

Here, on EveryCastle we will not describe each French chateau, but instead will make a selection about the most impressive medieval castles and royal palaces. Some of the most well known medieval structures in France are the ones in Mont Saint-Michel in Lower Normandy or in the fortified city of Carcassonne.

When it comes to French Renaissance the most famous buildings are found in the Loire Valley (Castles in Loiere Valley) in the Centre region of France. The Château de Chenonceau is one of the prime example of the French renaissance architecture in the Loire Valley along with the Château de Chambord which was built in the early 16th century.

But probably the most well known French palace is the Palace of Versailles, a fabulous example of a baroque palace. The Versailles palace was also the residence of the famous Sun King, Louis XIV.

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Famous castles in France

There are hundreds of beautiful castles and palaces in France and here we will try to highlight some of the most beautiful ones.

 

Palace of Versailles
Versailles Palace

Château de Chambord
 Château de Chenonceau

Château de Chambord
Château de Chambord

 

List of most beautiful castles of France:

Château d'Adomenil | Château d’Anet | Château d’Ecouen | Château d'Ancy-le-Franc | Château d'Azay-le-Rideau | Château de Blois | Château de Brissac | Château de Bury | Château de Chambord | Château de Chantilly | Château de Chenonceau | Château de Compiègne | Château de Coucy Château de Dinan | Château de Fontainebleau | Château Gaillard | Château de Gaillon | Château de Lunéville | Château de Marly | Château de Rambouillet | Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye | Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte | Château de Versailles |