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NATIONAL DOMAIN OF CHAMBORD
NATIONAL DOMAIN OF CHAMBORD
NATIONAL DOMAIN OF CHAMBORD
NATIONAL DOMAIN OF CHAMBORD
NATIONAL DOMAIN OF CHAMBORD
NATIONAL DOMAIN OF CHAMBORD
NATIONAL DOMAIN OF CHAMBORD
NATIONAL DOMAIN OF CHAMBORD
NATIONAL DOMAIN OF CHAMBORD

Chambord, jewel of the Loire Valley

The influence of a Master At the heart of a game-filled forest, the Château of Chambord is highly symbolic of French Renaissance and looms up from the Sologne swamp land. Chambord was born from the dream of King François I who brought back from his battles in Italy numerous artists, including Leonardo da Vinci. The architect of Chambord remains unknown, but this masterpiece seems to have been inspired by the sketches of da Vinci himself (particularly the famous double staircase).

A marvel from the Renaissance The Château of Chambord marked the beginning of the French Renaissance, a clever combination of Italian principles and French traditions. Chambord is a château with perfect proportions, radiating a feeling of majesty and harmony from its decorations and size.

Take Leonardo’s Staircase to reach the upper levels. Once at the top of the keep, admire the rich fantasy from the roof spiked with many turrets, chimneys, vertiginous skylights, and the breath-taking view over a domain as vast as Paris.

A royal residence     

Chambord was not designed to be a permanent residence, merely a hunting lodge. François I enjoyed retiring here to indulge in his love for hunting, which at that time was reserved for nobility. He spent very little time at the château, leaving it void of furniture and inhabitants after each visit. As a result, it remained unfinished… Over the centuries, other historical figures and kings of France stayed here and continued making embellishments on the château - among them was the famous ‘Sun King,’ Louis XIV.

Not to be missed : - the audio-visual room (film presentation), - the double staircase, - the apartments of François I and Louis XIV, - coffered vaults on the second floor (third floor by American standards. In Europe, the ground floor is #0), - the terraces, - the northern parterre.

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