The unusually beautiful French castles, the silent witnesses of palace intrigues, romantic love stories, bloody wars, coups and revolutions, cover French lands literally like scattered precious gems from necklaces of elegant ladies. Many famous French castles are located in Paris and on its outskirts, they all reflect splendour. They are famous for their luxurious interiors and rich art collections. The Louvre, Versailles, Fontainebleau, Vaux-le-Vicomte and Rambouillet, the names of these castles and palace and park complexes are known to many beauty enthusiasts all over the world. The wonderful castle on Mont Saint Michel, situated on a rocky island surrounded by deep water on all sides, has the full right to compete with the capital's castles. However, the castles constructed during the Renaissance for French crowned heads and noble families in the Loire valley are not less known. The most popular castles at the Loire include Chenonceau, "the castle of ladies" where six beautiful women lived one after the other; Chambord Castle and Amboise Castle linked with great Leonardo da Vinci; Villandry Castle surrounded by wonderful orchards; and Usse Castle as if it was cut out of the pages of fairy tales by Charles Perrault.