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Along the river valley of Loire, south of Paris was a favourite region for the French nobility to build their chateaux. There are three royal chateaux in the valley - Chambord, Blois and Amboise. ...

Along the river valley of Loire, south of Paris was a favourite region for the French nobility to build their chateaux. There are three royal chateaux in the valley - Chambord, Blois and Amboise. Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years here amongst these chateaux. Chenonceau chateau is one of the prettiest and had a female touch to it. If this is the case then it counterpart is Chambord, a the male chateau. It was built as a hunting lodge and many of its features were derived from traditional fortifications.

In 1515, the young Francis I of France came to the throne. It was under him France was united and strong. It was also the time French Absolute Monarchy began to appear. Chambord is very much his making. The emblems of Francis I were everywhere. It is also a French Renaissance building, incorporating Italian architecture elements like loggias, terrace, pilasters and horizontal mouldings decorating the facades. It is also French too with its massive towers, donjon and very high and steep roofs. Its roof it like a chessboard of towers and also like as a skyline of skyscrapers.

Today around the chateau is a large wildlife park with rich and varied wild life, a sanctuary for large animals. It is also an Unesco Heritage Site.

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  • Chambord A French Renaissance ChateauAll rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners.Available free for non-commercial and personal use. First created 7 Jan 2013. Version 1.0 - 12 Jan 2013. Jerry Tse. London .
  • Chronology Chambord is a Renaissance palace. It is an earlier generation of royal chateau, in France.
  • HistoryFrancis I came to the French throne in 1515 and reigned until 1547. Francis I had two passions, architecture and hunting. Thechateau was started by him and construction stopped soon after his death.
  • Plan The plan follows a traditional castle layouts with a keep (Donjon) , castle wall and a moat. The plan is similar to the Chateau de Vincennes Paris, built in 1340 – 1410. While it has elements of medieval castle – massive towers, donjon, wall etc., it was not built as a fortification.
  • North Facade
  • North FacadeNote the bridge that spans the moat on the extreme right.
  • West side
  • South EntranceThe normal entrance is from the south through a gate house into a courtyard.
  • CourtyardThe courtyard is a good place for assembly before a hunt.
  • DonjonFrom the donjon looking into the courtyard.
  • Donjon Each level of the donjon is comprised of four modular apartments or areas. Each of the modular areas is treated as a self-contained living quarter.
  • Donjon (Keep)
  • Donjon (Keep)
  • Central Staircase This is the central double helix spiral staircase, which links all the levels together. This is a very French Renaissance feature.
  • Central Staircase This ceiling of the central double helix spiral staircase.
  • Vaulted Guard RoomBetween the four modular living areas on each level are the service and guard areas.
  • Donjon (Keep) This is a heating stove made in Danzig in the service area.
  • DoorOn panels, on walls, on ceilings, on theroof, on door ways, everywhere youlook there are the flame breathingsalamander emblem of Francis I.
  • Ante-ChamberThis is the ante-room to the King’s bedroom. This can be used as a state room on occasions.
  • King’s BedroomThis is the King’s Bedroom.
  • Queen’s Bedroom This is the Queen’s Bedroom, when we were there the bed was removed.
  • 18C ApartmentThis is the room where the exiled King of Poland, Stanislas Leszczynski once lived.
  • Tapestry
  • The RoofFrom above the roof looks likea medieval version of the NewYork skyline. There are 800sculpted columns but withoutsymmetry.
  • RoofAnother version of the flame breathing salamander with crown, the emblem of Francis I.
  • RoofThe roof of one of the massive round towers of the donjon.
  • RoofThe central lantern above the double helix spiral staircase.
  • RoofThe top of the central lantern.
  • RoofThis one has been restored with its white marble and deep blue stone geometric inlays for decoration.
  • RoofAn eroded baby angel after exposure to the weather for over 400 years
  • RoofA carved ferocious boar.
  • RoofThe top of the central spiral staircase stamped with emblems of Francis I.
  • RoofColumn with statues of figurines, lantern on massive tower and column with a niche.
  • Roof
  • RoofTall windows, columns and lantern on top of a massive round tower at the corner of the donjon.
  • The WingsThis is the Chapel wing.
  • ChapelA small and plain chapel. It was one of the last additions to the chateau in the 16C.
  • King’s Wing The King’s Wing and note the external spiral staircase.
  • King’s Wing The external façade of the corridor linking the King’s wing with the donjon.
  • King’s Wing A statue of Madame Elisabeth, the sister of Louis XVI.
  • King’s Wing Trophies of stag hunts. Many were dated quite recently.
  • The ParkThe chateau was built as a hunting lodge. There are 5440 hectares of surrounding park land, mostly covered with dense woods.
  • Wildlife Park A channel was built to retain water for use and for its moat.
  • WildlifeApart from the smaller species like bats, birds and insects, there are larger animals like roe deer, stag, wild boar and wildsheep.
  • Courtyard and the Garden The south side of the park and trimmed trees make a good ground for assembly.
  • Garden Trimmed trees.
  • Garden Once the service quarters for the chateau or perhaps even for the hunting dogs or stable for the horses.
  • The EndAll rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective Music – Passacagliax by Secret Gardenowners. Available free for non-commercial and personaluse.