If youre pining for a brief escape to France or you simply
wish to check out the sights you can expect before you head on your French
chateau holidays, you can now do it from the comfort of your own home.
Googles Paris-based Cultural Institute recently announced
that they have released virtual tours of many of the Loire Valleys famous
chateaux, incorporating Googles popular Street View technology. The service is
completely free, and you can even get a birds-eye view by flying over seven
of the magnificent castles. It will not only give visitors a glimpse of what to
expect if they visit, but also offers up the sights of the Loire Valley to
those who may not be able to access it at all.
In total, the project will display 18 of the regions
castles, as well as four of its gardens, including some places which are not
open to the general public. Using special Art Cameras, the virtual tours also
display even the tiniest of details, helping visitors to witness the many
elaborate paintings and tapestries that adorn the walls of the chateaux.
Among the chateaux offering the virtual tours is the
world-renowned Chateau de Chambord. The castles director, Jean dHaussonville,
said that the tours would hopefully attract people to visit the Valley of the
Kings in person: The Chambord is a very impressive sight, its iconic, and one
which I hope will make them want to come and visit it in person.
The Loire Valley is the section of the Pays de la Loire
region spanning 300km of the Loire river, the longest river in France, between
Orleans and Angers. Its chateaux, along with its vineyards, are its most
popular attractions, and more than a hundred of these magnificent residences
can be visited by the public today. They also have a historical significance,
which has also been recognised by UNESCO, resulting in the central part of the
valley being awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2000.
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