Essential Architecture-  Loire Valley Châteaux

Château de Beauregard

architect

Paul Ardier

location

Loire Valley, north-western France.

date

1545

style

French Renaissance

construction

Stone

type

Palace
 
  Chateau de Beauregard, viewed from the front.
 
 
 
 
 
The Château de Beauregard is a castle in the Loire Valley in France. It is a little south of the city of Blois and a few miles from other famous Loire castles such as Château de Cheverny. Although still inhabited, it can be visited by tourists.

History
Most of the castle was built around 1545, when it was bought by Jean du Thier, Lord of Menars, and Secretary of State to Henri II. The commissioned interior included frescoes on the fireplace of the royal chamber, which have survived. In the Great Gallery there is a fireplace in Italian style from this period. However its main feature was commissioned by Paul Ardier, Comptroller of Wars and Treasurer, who bought the château in 1617. He added further interior decorations over the next few decades, including a gallery of portraits.

Sources
Châteaux of the Loire Valley, Polidori & de Montclos (Könemann). ISBN 3895085987

links

www.paris-architecture.info