The present castle overlooking the River Loire with majesty is now so
far different from the one built in the Middle Ages. As a matter of
fact, Louis XI entirely destroyed the castle by setting fire. Chaumont
was only rebuilt in the late 15th century. Though looking like a
fortress, the castle is spectacularly sited : overlooking the River
Loire, lying at the heart of peaceful parkland and delightful gardens.
Catherine de Medici owned the castle in 1560. Then, she passed it to her rival, Diane de Poitiers, in exchange of Chenonceau Castle. Madame de Staël stayed in Chaumont Castle in 1810.
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