"Chambord is truly royal-royal in its great scale,
its grand air, its indifference to common considerations"
Writer, Henry James
Château de Chambord is one of the most magnificent buildings I have ever seen. If you are planning a trip to the Loire Valley, I recommend putting this château at the top of your list. Chambord dates back to 1518 and owes it's conception to François I. Leonardo da Vinci is said to have drawn up plans that were ultimately made into a model by Le Boccador. Many famous masters of their trade had a hand in the creations of Chambord over the centuries. The château is a masterpiece of the Renaissance period and is rich in history.
Love, war and much more breathed thru it's walls until it was sold to the State in 1932 for 11 million francs. Every portrait tells a story and there are plenty of them with 440 rooms to fill. I could go on and on but I will stop there and let the photos do the talking for me. It was a challenge to get it all into a single frame, both inside and out, but I had fun trying. You can read more about Château de Chambord, here.
|Anne-Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchesse de Montpensier|
by Jean Nocret
Text reference: Châteaux of the Loire
The Green Guide by Michelin
Thank you for your words of encouragement regarding my bat story. (here)
I was heartened to hear that many are quite familiar with these
little night creatures and take them in stride. :)