Azay-le-Rideau

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Azay-le-Rideau
The Château d'Azay-le-Rideau
Coat of arms of Azay-le-Rideau
Coat of arms
Location of Azay-le-Rideau
Azay-le-Rideau is located in France
Azay-le-Rideau
Azay-le-Rideau
Azay-le-Rideau is located in Centre-Val de Loire
Azay-le-Rideau
Azay-le-Rideau
Coordinates: 47°15′44″N 0°28′01″E / 47.2622°N 0.4669°E / 47.2622; 0.4669Coordinates: 47°15′44″N 0°28′01″E / 47.2622°N 0.4669°E / 47.2622; 0.4669
CountryFrance
RegionCentre-Val de Loire
DepartmentIndre-et-Loire
ArrondissementTours
CantonChinon
IntercommunalityCC Touraine Vallée Indre
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Arnaud Henrion
Area
1
27.34 km2 (10.56 sq mi)
Population
(2014)2
3,435
 • Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
37014 /37190
Elevation36–102 m (118–335 ft)
(avg. 45 m or 148 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Azay-le-Rideau (pronounced [azɛ lə ʁido]) is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France.

Late afternoon on the shore of the Indre river

Château[edit]

The château of Azay-le-Rideau was built from 1515 to 1527, one of the earliest French Renaissance châteaux. Built on an island in the Indre River, its foundations rise straight out of the water. It is one of the best known of the châteaux of the Loire valley.[1]

Church[edit]

Carolingian portion of the façade of St. Symphorien

There is a church dedicated to Saint Symphorien near the château that is interesting for the number of architectural periods incorporated in its design. While the newest portion dates from 1603, the current façade incorporates an older 9th century façade in the Carolingian style. The original carved figures are still visible, though an added window destroyed part of the second row. The rest of the church is of a Romanesque style.[2] It was built between 1518 and 1527.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
17931,600—    
18001,750+9.4%
18061,570−10.3%
18211,634+4.1%
18311,896+16.0%
18362,023+6.7%
18412,105+4.1%
18462,113+0.4%
18512,034−3.7%
18561,965−3.4%
18612,073+5.5%
18662,063−0.5%
18722,108+2.2%
18762,160+2.5%
18812,116−2.0%
18862,126+0.5%
18912,175+2.3%
18962,280+4.8%
19012,318+1.7%
19062,282−1.6%
19112,142−6.1%
19211,971−8.0%
19262,064+4.7%
19311,977−4.2%
19361,827−7.6%
19462,150+17.7%
19542,234+3.9%
19622,610+16.8%
19682,755+5.6%
19752,749−0.2%
19822,915+6.0%
19903,053+4.7%
19993,106+1.7%
20063,337+7.4%
20093,418+2.4%
20143,435+0.5%

Wine[edit]

Azay-le-Rideau is the centre of the Touraine Azay-le-Rideau AOC for white and rose wine.

Twin towns[edit]

Azay-le-Rideau is twinned with Croston in Lancashire, England.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

The exterior design of château d'Azay-le-Rideau's main building (as well as its surrounding area, for the most part) was used by Konami video game developing company as the prime inspiration and a direct structural base of the "Villa" location in the video games Castlevania 64 (appears during "Stage 03" of the game) and Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness (appears during "Stage 04" of the game), both of which were released for Nintendo 64 home TV video gaming platform during January and November of 1999 respectively.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Presentation of the Chateaux of the Loire Valley on Eurochannel
  2. ^ loire.valley.free.fr Azay le Rideau
  3. ^ Mayoh, Emma (9 January 2012). "Croston's success is down to the growing support of the local community". Lancashire Life. Archant Community Media. Retrieved 27 June 2013.

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