Located in the Loire region, The Château de Chambord is one of the most beautiful in the world for its architecture in French Renaissance style and that combines both medieval and classic Italian. It began to be built in 1519, but its structure has changed in later years. Would you like to know the fantastic castle of Chambord? Then keep reading this article.
Francisco I the great designer with da Vinci?
Although the architect in charge of the work was not the king, of course, Domenico da Cortona had to abide by all the changes that Francisco I indicated for this huge castle. Some theories say that Leonardo da Vinci gave some advice for building design during a stay of genius on the real property.Chambord Castle - Pecold
This hypothesis is even stronger if we consider thatda Vinci spent the last years of his life under the protection of the monarch and that he died in 1519, year in which the works of the castle of Chambord began. The brilliant artist was buried in the Saint Hubert chapel, belonging to the Amboise castle, with which Chambord is connected thanks to a very long passage. And we must not overlook the Italian details in the design of the building.
Speaking strictly of Chambord's infrastructure, we must say that It has 8 towers, 365 fireplaces, 440 rooms, 84 stairs and 4 rectangular hallways. The double helix of the main staircase allows people to ascend and descend without bumping into each other.Staircase - Richard Parmiter / Flickr.com
If this data has caught your attention it is because you still do not know what is outside: 52.5 km² of forest full of trees. Another of the highlights of the construction is the north side tower, whose stairs allow you to go to the rooms, the patio or the terraces that offer beautiful views of the property.
The two-story chapel began in the life of Francisco I, but the works finished during the reign of Louis XIV. The latter's room is another of the prominent sites: two parts of the lobby had to be joined to respect the rules of the time, which indicated that the royal suite should be in the center of the main facade.
The inhabitants of the castle of Chambord
We have already told you about Francisco I, the builder of the castle and who installed his rooms in the north wing. After his death, his son Enrique II continued with the works (between 1547 and 1559). With the disappearance of this monarch more than 80 years passed until another person inhabited the castle and in those decades the building deteriorated due to lack of maintenance.Chambord Castle - VICTOR TORRES
In 1670 the brother of Luis XIII, Gastón de Orelans, initiated the first restorationThen came Luis XIV, who installed the room in the center. Estanislao I Leszczynski (King of Poland and father-in-law of Louis XV) inhabited the castle between 1725 and 1733, the Marshal of Saxony receives the property in 1745 and for 5 years held luxurious parties there.
Years later, in 1809, the marshal of Berthier received it as a gift from Napoleon. The next tenant was the Count of Chambord, who lived in the castle during his exile (1883) and finally the French government expropriated him to the heirs of the last owner (the Bourbon-Parma family) in 1915.
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Definitely,all these inhabitants changed the design of the rooms and they added his imprint. However, Chambord remains as majestic, extraordinary and beautiful as in its origins.
Walking through the castle of Chambord
Now that you know the history of this centennial house located about 2 hours from Paris, you are sure you want to know it. In its parks (free admission) you can ride a bicycle or horse, navigate a canal or just sit on the grass in the shade of one of the thousands of trees.Chambord Castle - sursad
If you want to enter the castle you will have to pay entrance, but we assure you that it is worth every penny. You will not know if it is a dream or real life. The royal porch and patio welcome you to feel like a king or queen from centuries ago. The tower of the tribute and the white color of the walls are only a sample of the grandeur of Chambord.
Of course, when you enter you will see the beautiful double helix and symmetrical staircase, which divides “the ascent and descent” with windows and of which we have already spoken. You will see on the tour the salamander with the shield of Francisco I, latrines of double pit of decantation (very advanced for the time), the isolation of the terraces, the chimneys, the capitals and the exquisite furniture… You will be overwhelmed with such beauty and luxury!