Chenonceaux, village, Indre-et-Loire dept., W central France, in Touraine, on the Cher River. It is famous for its château (built 1515-22), the residence, successively in the 16th cent., of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de' Medici. The wing of the château over the river was added by Catherine in 1560.

Chenonceaux is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France.

It is situated in the Loire Valley, about 26 km (16 mi) east of Tours. It is situated on the right bank of the Cher River.

The population of permanent residents hovers about 300, as of 2004, but there is a large influx of tourists during the pleasant months of the year, because the village is home to the former Royal Château de Chenonceau, one of the most popular destinations in France. The castle is distinctive in being built right over the river.


The difference in spelling between the Château's name (Chenonceau) and the village (Chenonceaux) is attributed to Louise Dupin, owner of the castle during the French Revolution, who is said to have dropped the "x" at the end of the Château's name to differentiate what was a symbol of royalty from the Republic. Although no official sources have been found to support this legend, the Château has been since referred to and accepted as Chenonceau.

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Based on the article in the French Wikipedia.

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