Château de Cheverny
Loire Valley, France
Within the French Loire Valley, you will find many castles, or chateaus, some of which inspired some of the most famous fictional castle we know and love. Château de Cheverny is a popular castle in the Loire Valley and inspired the creator of the comic Tintin, for his fictional castle Château du Moulinsart.
Château de Cheverny was built between 1624 and 1630. Over the years, ownership was passed around many times. In 1914, the owner opened the chateau to the public. Since then, it has been admired by many people and is considered a top tourist attraction the Loire Valley.
A visit to Château de Cheverny will allow you to explore the interior, the gardens, and the kennels on site. The interior of the chateau has three floors, all connected by a stone staircase. Lining the staircase is armory, and large tapestries, representing the story of Ulysses. The three floors holds some of the finest furniture, silverware and artwork.
Outside, you’ll find a beautiful, green garden, a maze, and the Kennels. The kennels hold over one hundred hunting dogs! You can visit the dogs in their kennel, watch them be fed at certain times during the day, and even suggest a name one of the dogs!
Hergé, the writer of Tintin, the comic book, used Château de Cheverny as a model for Château de Moulinsart for his books The Adventures of Tinin. You can see the resemblance in the central town and the two wings beside it. He clearly left out the outermost wings, but apart from that it is almost identical.
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