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Chateau de Chambord, Chambord

Categories: Castles, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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Chateau de Chambord is the quintessential monument to the flamboyance of French kings; all the grandeur with a dash of delightful whimsy. A dreamscape of turrets and towers rises from the terrace, resulting in its trademark silhouette that has often been likened to the skyline of a city. François I built it to serve as his hunting lodge and it is surrounded by forests that serve as a perfect lead-in to the jaw-dropping first glimpse. The Castle is a perfect example of sixteenth-century Renaissance architecture. When inside, don't miss the famed double helix stairways, rumored to have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Explore its vaulted hallways, 400 palatial rooms, decorative staircases, and end your visit by taking a walk in the sprawling gardens. Put Chateau de Chambord into our Chambord vacation generator to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Chambord.
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  • BTS tourism students. We loved this castle. Architecture beautiful, superb view over the gardens / parks. To do with friends, couples, families. (On the other hand, nothing is original inside except the tapestries).
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  • In my opinion one of the most beautiful! It is huge, go with time and bring water! It has a spectacular design, it is said that Da Vinci was involved in the design of the double-helix ladder... DON'T MISS it but pierdanse on it!
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  • First is the gigantic Park (the size of Paris intramural) used the setting to this colossus of stone. Yet these are the perfect proportions, harmony in volumes and sets hitting. Construction began in 1519 under the reign of François 1st who wanted a lavish hunting lodge; He lived, emptying it of his furniture and occupants after each stay. Completed under Louis XIV, who made him also the symbolism of the building: demonstration of royal power inscribed in stone and time. Its architect is unknown. Is its design due to the fruitful spirit of Leonardo da Vinci? If the only architectural creation of the famous polymath of the Italian Renaissance, whose projects are still be paper? Installed in Amboise on the invitation of François 1st, he died the year of the construction of Chambord. The stairs to double propellers is an original creation of the Florentine master. As if by magic, two screws go up on another until the 2 floors and terraces: 2 ramps seeming to form one and but never intersecting. Place in the center of the Dungeon he distributes parts in symmetry. Here we find the Tuscan villas, either served by a central staircase vestibule on the cross. Note that a staircase of similar design is the castle of Blois, this one outside. On the 1st floor there are various apartments of the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. On the 2nd floor, to stop under the great vaults carved emblems of François 1st (letter F and salamander intertwined repeated with variants), lovers will appreciate the rooms dedicated to hunting. Then these are the terraces: a prodigious imagination of roofs, turrets, dormers, chimneys: a mix of flamboyant Gothic styles and Italian Renaissance.
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  • A huge castle, used as a country home for the king... several rooms well decorated and a central stair (actually 2 stairs combined as one), engineered by Leonardo Da Vinci. A must see attraction, very good access and a large parking lot
  • I can see the spiral steps which designed "Leonardo da Vinci". Also straight front and back roads made me feel like a king. ^^ I love this place.
  • Go straight to the roofs, they are the most interesting architectural features, with the staircases, of this huge castle. Amazingly complex and ornate. The rest is ok, a castle, a big one, but not very interesting overall compared to many in the Loire Valley. If you are planning to spend some time there, plan a picnic
  • The exterior is amazing and so the internal architecture, like the staircase and the rooftop. However the emptiness of the rooms and the lack of description has a negative impact on the visit
  • Very beautiful castle, although the construction works disturb the aesthetic impression. Some guidance on the order of the viewing would be nice, we wasted some time trying to find all the rooms.
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