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The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes
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Type of site: Cultural
Date of Inscription: 2000
Location: Europe, France, Régions of Centre and Pays de la Loire, Départements of Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, etc.
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Description: The Loire Valley is a beautiful cultural landscape, encompassing historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments (like the châteaux), and cultivated lands - shaped by many centuries of interaction between their population and the physical environment, principally the river Loire itself. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Loire Valley (French: Vallée de la Loire) is known as the Garden of France and the Cradle of the French Language. It is also noteworthy for the quality of its architectural heritage, in its historic towns such as Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Nantes, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours, but in particular for its world-famous castles, much as the Châteaux d'Amboise, Château de Villandry and Chenonceau. The landscape of the Loire Valley, and more particularly its many cultural monuments, illustrate to an exceptional degree the ideals of the Renaissance and the Age of the Enlightenment on western European thought and design. The Loire Valley is an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty, containing historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments, its many châteaux, and fine wines. On December 2, 2000, UNESCO added the central part of the Loire River valley, between Maine and Sully-sur-Loire, to its prestigious list of World Heritage Sites. In choosing is area that includes the French départements of Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, and Maine-et-Loire, the committee said that the Loire Valley is: "an exceptional cultural landscape, of great beauty, comprised of historic cities and villages, great architectural monuments - the Châteaux - and lands that have been cultivated and shaped by centuries of interaction between local populations and their physical environment, in particular the Loire itself. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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