The 60 meter long, six meter wide, black and white slate-tiled gallery at Chateau de Chenonceau is built upon the Diane de Poitier bridge.  During the day, light pours into the beautiful room from 18 windows on both of the lengths of the room.  The room was officially opened in 1577 when Catherine de Medici organized a gala in honor of her son, King Henri III.

Since that time the beautiful gallery has served much more meaningful purposes.  During WWI, the gallery was used as a hospital.  In WWII, the River Cher, upon which the Chateau is built, was the line of demarcation causing the entrance of the Chateau to lie in the occupied right bank.  The Gallery’s south door provided access to the left bank and made it possible for the Resistance to pass many people into the free zone.

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  1. Oops, silly me! I didn’t see you had already blogged about the exact thing I commented on earlier today. Well done!


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Shutterbug Sage began as a 365 photo project.


Castle, Photography, Travel


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