Loire - Loire Valley

Loire Valley

The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes *
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Château d'Azay-le-Rideau
Country France
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, iv
Reference 933
Region ** Central France
Inscription history
Inscription 2000
* Name as inscribed on World Heritage List
** Region as classified by UNESCO

The Loire Valley (French: Vallée de la Loire) lies in the middle stretch of the river and lasts for about 280 km (170 mi) and comprising an area of roughly 800 km2 (310 sq mi). It is also known as the Garden of France due to the abundance of vineyards, fruit orchards, artichoke, asparagus and cherry fields which line the banks of the river. and the Cradle of the French Language. It is also noteworthy for the quality of its architectural heritage, in its historic towns such as Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Nantes, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours, but in particular for its castles, such as the Châteaux d'Amboise, Château de Chambord, château d'Ussé, Château de Villandry and Chenonceau and more particularly its many cultural monuments, which illustrate the ideals of the Renaissance and the Age of the Enlightenment on western European thought and design.

On December 2, 2000, UNESCO added the central part of the Loire River valley, between Maine and Sully-sur-Loire, to its list of World Heritage Sites. In choosing this area that includes the French départements of Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, and Maine-et-Loire, the committee said that the Loire Valley is: "an exceptional cultural landscape, of great beauty, comprised of historic cities and villages, great architectural monuments – the Châteaux – and lands that have been cultivated and shaped by centuries of interaction between local populations and their physical environment, in particular the Loire itself."

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