Built in 1513 by Catherine Briconnet, for four hundred years the chateau was nurtured and expanded by the loving care of its female owners.
Diane de Poitiers
Diane de Poitiers was Chateau de Chenonceau's most famous owner and resident. Known in the French courts as a great beauty with good taste, she became King Henri II’s mistress even though she was twenty years older than he. Theirs was a deep and lasting love. When the king passed away, his widow, Catherine de Medici, took her vengeance upon Diane de Poitiers by taking the chateau away from her.
Catherine de Medici
Catherine de Medici had a great love of art and a thirst for opulence. She added much to the gardens and the grounds, built the great gallery, and threw magnificent feasts for her contemporaries.
In 1733, Madame Dupin became owner of Chateau Chenonceau and held salons for all the great literary people of the period. Over the years, Madame Dupin gained the respect and affection of the local villagers and the Chateau was untouched during the French Revolution, making it one of the most spectacular chateau’s in the Loire Valley today.
The grand gallery, built by Catherine de Medici.