Chenonceau, Château

Témoignage de John Evelyn (16 septembre 1644)

16th Sep­tem­ber. We retur­ned to Tours, from whence, after nine­teen weeks’ sojourn, we tra­vel­led towards the more sou­thern part of France, min­ding now to shape my course so, as I might win­ter in Ita­ly. With my friend, Mr. Thi­ck­nesse, and our guide, we went the first day seven leagues to a castle cal­led Che­non­ceau, built by Cathe­rine de Medi­cis, and now belon­ging to the Duke de Ven­dôme, stan­ding on a bridge. In the gal­le­ry, among­st divers other excellent sta­tues, is that of Sci­pio Afri­ca­nus, of orien­tal ala­bas­ter.

(The dia­ry of John Eve­lyn, Ed. William Bray, J.M. DENT et E.P DULTON, Lon­don-New York, 1905, Tome I, p.76–77.)