Château de Chambord

Château, 41250 Chambord Château de Chambord 0 Reviews


One of the unparalleled accomplishments of French Renaissance engineering, the Château de Chambord – with 426 rooms, 282 chimneys and 77 flights of stairs – is the biggest, most fabulous and most visited château in the Loire Valley. Started in 1519 by François I (r 1515–47) as an end of the week chasing retreat, it immediately developed into one of the most aspiring – and costly – building ventures at any point embraced by a French ruler. A French-style formal nursery opened in 2017.

Development was more than once ended by money-related issues, structure misfortunes and military responsibilities (also the seizing of the lord’s two children in Spain). Incidentally, when Chambord was at long last completed following three many years of work, François discovered his intricate royal residence excessively drafty, favoring rather the imperial condos in Amboise and Blois. At long last he remained here for only 72 days during his whole 32-year rule. In any case, Chambord’s 500th commemoration will be commended with extraordinary grandeur in 2019.

Inside the primary structure, a film (captioned in five dialects) gives a fantastic prologue to the château’s history and design. On the ground floor you can visit eighteenth-century kitchens, while the first floor is the place you’ll locate the most fascinating (however daintily outfitted) rooms, including the imperial bedchambers. Ascending through the focal point of the structure, the world-well-known twofold helix flight of stairs – perhaps planned by the lord’s pal Leonardo da Vinci – climbs to the incredible lamp tower and the housetop, where you can wonder about an authentic horizon of domes, arches, turrets, smokestacks and lightning bars and look out over the immense grounds.

To get a feeling of what you’re taking a gander at and add augmented reality goods to a portion of the rooms, get a Histopad tablet PC (€6.50, 1½ hours), accessible in 12 dialects and in variants for the two children (counting a fortune chase) and grown-ups. From July to September there are hour-since quite a while ago guided visits (grown-up/kid €5/3) in English – approach at the ticket counter for times. Outside exhibitions held in the warm season incorporate a 45-minute equestrian show highlighting ponies and riders in brilliant, François I–themed dress and feathered creatures of prey.

From about April to December there are a few spots to eat simply past the new passage structure, in addition to a bistro inside. In winter dress comfortably – the manor is no simpler to warm now than it was five centuries back.

Chambord is 16 km east of Blois, 45 km southwest of Orléans and 18 km upper east of Cheverny.