Even though the exact identity of its architect remains unknown, the château of Chambord is undeniably an exceptional achievement, influenced by the work of Leonardo da Vinci. Visitors can see around a hundred of the 426 rooms of the castle spread over three floors. Plan your visit; Opening hours & rates; Food and drink areas ... that ever since I saw Chambord, I have been asking anyone and everyone: Have you seen Chambord?" Aude74 wrote a review Nov 2020. Just like monuments of Roman antiquity such as the Coliseum and 14th-century Italian buildings (the Quattrocento), the overall design of the Chambord château facades is eminently readable from the outside. The finesse of the sculptors’ work is remarkable. The Queen’s Apartment – separated by a long passage from the king’s chambers. Description: Chambord, the first of the model chateaus, takes its inspiration from the loveliest and grandest of the Renaissance buildings in France's Valley of Loire—Chateau de Chambord. As for the more elevated sections of the château, of which the proliferation and the verticality remain markedly Gothic, they are adapted to the setting and enriched through revived ornamental vocabulary successfully integrating (but without superseding!) The center-plan design of the keep, the double helix staircase, the double pit evacuation system with its air duct and the sealing system on the terraces are telltale indications that reveal the role of Leonardo as the brain behind the work of François I. Also on this floor is temporary exhibitions of modern art, although it is hard to imagine that anyone travel to Château de Chambord specifically to see these works nor that a few modern art paintings keep the chateau relevant to the art scene or life in the 21st century. This double helix staircase – possibly designed by Leonardo da Vinci – had two concentric spirals winding separately around a central column. When two persons use the opposed staircases at the same time, they can see each other through window openings but never cross paths. It was built by Francis I, who in 1516, a year after becoming king and fresh from his victories in northern Italy, asked Leonardo da Vinci to draw up the plans for a new château to be built at Romorantin. Following the Battle of Marignan, François I discovered the marvels of Italian architecture and, more specifically, the work of Leonardo da Vinci. The chapel is the largest room in the chateau, although started by Francois I, it was only completed in the times of Louis XIV. The terraces of Château de Chambord are an absolute highlight of any visit to Château de Chambord – don’t miss it whatever the weather. 84.XO.698.2.7 Open Content images tend to be large in file-size. Chambord was always intended as a hunting lodge and despite its great size was mainly used for hunting parties by the Valois king and later also by Louis XIV. They both ascend to the third floor and do not connect. Last but not least, the cross-shaped room delineates in its angles the living quarters composed of standardized apartments. The mystery is compounded by the nearly total absence of archival information pertaining to the royal construction site, of which the records were dispersed or destroyed at the end of the 18th century. It is composed of twinned helical ramps twisting one above the other around a hollowed out, partially open core. Château de Chambord: Caissons des voûtes, salle des gardes Médéric Mieusement (French, 1840 - 1905) 32 × 22.7 cm (12 5/8 × 8 15/16 in.) The so-called “double helix” staircase services the principal floors of the building, all the way up to the crowning terraces, which are topped off by the tallest tower of the castle, the lantern tower. Vertically, the rhythm is given by the flattened-out pillars, or pilasters, on which the bands appear to be resting. It is famous for blending traditional French medieval styles with that of the styles popular during the Renaissance period. Pilasters, medallions, candelabras, and decorative foliage (rinceaux) pervade the facades, the gable roofs, the chimney stacks… In the château of Chambord, these components are assembled with astonishing virtuosity and unabashed freedom with regard to formal technique, thereby subverting Italian traditions and adapting them to French taste. However, note the coach room in the Royal Wing ground floor – it is easily overlooked. Don’ t miss the roof terrace whatever the weather. Chenonceau was the castle of the lords of Marques originally, but in 1513 it was the property of Thomas Bohier, the treasurer of Louis XII. Châteaux in the 16th century departed from castle architecture; while they were off-shoots of castles, with features commonly associated with them, they did not have serious defences. French railway tickets are available online from many resellers – Omio and Trainline are generally the simplest to use. The occasional H is for the parts or the chateau completed by Henri II. 59 reviews of Château de Chambord "The royal chateau at Chambord is absolutely stunning and really looks like something out of a fairy tale. The building, which was never completed, was constructed by King Francis I of France. ... Plans of Château de Chambord‎ (3 F) R Although medieval in structure with a central keep, round bastions at the corners, two wings, two further towers, and an enclosing curtain wall, the execution of the building is Renaissance, a style Francois became familiar with during his campaigns in Italy. This allowed visitors to ascend or descent without meeting but still being able so see each other through windows in the central column. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CHÂTEAU, 41250 CHAMBORD No plan, no text contemporary to its erection provides a precise indication of the name of whoever originally imagined and sketched out the defining features of one the most remarkable Renaissance edifices.