Overlooking the Loire, the fortress of Chaumont-sur-Loire was built around the year 1000 to keep a close watch on the border between the counties of Blois and Anjou.
In the 16th century, Catherine de Medici was the owner of the castle, followed by Diane de Poitiers who gave Chaumont its current look. In 1877, 2 years after they bought the castle, the Prince and Princess de Broglie had famous architect Paul-Ernest Samson to build new stables. They were considered the most luxurious and modern stables of Europe in the late 19th century.
Inside the castle, you will find the biggest collection of medallions of Jean-Baptiste Nini, famous Italien sculptor, who was invited by Jacques-Donation Le Ray to settle in Chaumont in 1722. He stayed in the castle until his death in 1786.
Since 1992, the international festival of gardens of Chaumont is a world-famous contemporary art laboratory in the fields of gardens and landscaping.