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Pays de la Loire – Château Chambord

 

…And here is my last visit place in my trip along Pays de la Loire: Château Chambord 

The château de Chambord is one of the most recognizable château in the world, known largely for being a perfect example of French Renaissance architecture. The building is the largest château in the Loire Valley, and that says a lot considering the area is filled with an abundance of big and beautiful castles. Originally built as a hunting lodge for Francois I, there has been some debate as to who the original architect was, and some even suggest that Leonardo da Vinci may have had a hand in its design. 

 

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The château lies in a park of more than 13,000 acres, and is enclosed by a wall that stretches nearly 20 miles. 

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There’s plenty to see inside. You can wander freely through the vast rooms, filled with exhibits, the enormous double-helix staircase looks like a single staircase, but an entire regiment could march up one spiral while a second came down the other, and never the twain would meet, the spectacular chimneyscape—the roof terrace whose forest of Italianate towers, turrets, cupolas, gables, and chimneys has been compared to everything from the minarets of Constantinople to a bizarre chessboard. 

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6 Comments

  1. An incredible place in size and architecture. French design is wonderful. The boats are intriguing, they look like much older wooden power boats, I wonder how large the body of water is. Great post!

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  2. Thanks for the scenic introduction to the Loire! I notice you visited three chateau during a four day trip? Can I ask how much time you spent at each oft he chateau? Planning a visit in 2015 and would love to know how many I can fit in!
    Thanks!

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