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Fifteen thousand ! This is the number (at least) of châteaux built in France over the centuries, from the impregnable castle of the Middle Ages to the flamboyant Renaissance-style building, including the rich manors which unveil their architectural interest nestled in their parks, in all French landscapes. If, unsurprisingly, the châteaux in the Loire Valley and the Périgord are world-famous, numerous wonderful buildings were also erected all over the regions of France, and protected, maintained and renovated as historic or scheduled national monuments.
True to its traditions and proud of her History, France can claim beside her châteaux many other treasures of historical interest like the formal gardens à la française drawn by Le Nôtre, exceptional ones, too, listed as outstanding gardens, some thick and deep forests, some arboretums including rare species, and the richly decorated residences of writers and poets…