Chateau De Chambord is located in Loir-et-Cher, France. This Chateaux was designed in typical French Renaissance architecture and its construction took 28 years (from 1519 to 1547) to get completed. But still people say that the structure requires finishing. During its construction period, the Chateau was altered many times and when it was about to get completed, Francois hosted an old archnemesis, the great Emperor Charles V at Chambord itself. He actually wanted to present this grand Chateau as the symbol of his growing power and wealth. The French Renaissance architecture is actually a combination of classical Renaissance structure with the traditional French medieval style. In the Loire Valley it is the largest and grandest chateau and is the most recognizable chateaux across the world.
King Francois I constructed this building as a hunting lodge for himself. Another reason was to be near his mistress- Claude Rohan. She belongs to a very important French family and was the wife of Julien De Clermont. A figure of her arm was also carved in the décor of Chateau. It was being said that the original designed of the Chateau was referenced from the architecture of Domenico Da Cortona. It’s always been a doubt about the real designer of the Cheteau. Some say architect Philibert Delorme designed it; others say the famous Leonardo Da Vinci was the one who designed the building.
The Chateau was built with 440 rooms, 84 staircases and 365 fireplaces making it a perfect imperial place. The whole architecture of Chateau De Chambord seems quite complex but actually the architect designed the whole Chateau based on a simple mathematical rule. The Chateau was divided into various sections; on each section there is a Maltese cross along with square grids which are symmetrical; a rectangular keep is in the center and four hallways cross this rectangular; also at the four corners of this rectangular there is a castle of circular bastions; the great staircase along with two other intertwining stairs are in the center and these leads to the grand Lantern Tower and also to the rooftop of castle. The beautiful view of the landscape can be viewed from the top.
THE INTERESTING CHAMBERS:
Starting with the ground floor, on this floor the visitors will be presented with a Multilanguage film. This film was based on the ancient history of the construction of this castle. The first floor of the Chateau has many fascinating rooms. The king’s and queen’s chambers are the most interesting ones. They are rich in color and still look very loyal and elegant. These chambers also have interconnecting passages which are specially developed for late-night nooks. There is a whole wing devoted to Comte De Chambord who tried many times to grab the crown of Henri V (especially after the fall of the 2nd empire). The Eerie Museum of Hunting is on the second floor. This museum displays the hunting trophies and even some weapons used at that time. Often the smallest things are the most attractive things in a place of such flamboyant opulence. The cast iron keys (one for each door), the chimneys, cupolas, lightning rods and domes are among the small interesting items to look at.
AN INTERIOR VIEW AND ANOMALIES:
The interior of this Chateau is worth praising. The staircases to the famous Lantern Tower are made spiral with beautiful curves. There are eight square pillars which supports these spiral staircases. The beautiful ceiling of the lantern was carved with the F for Francis I and the salamander. The spooky music and the holographic images that appear on the stunning stones are just incredible. Even the gorgeous gardens are very magical. The journey through the interior of the Chateau will appear as a fairytale to your mind. Years later some irregularities were also found in the structure of Chateau .The towers of the Chambord lack spires and turrets. Even the roofline of the Chateau was elaborately developed. The facade of the keep has always been asymmetrical. Only the northern façade is fine. To make the keep stronger two additional wings were added to the Chateau later.
THE SPECTACULAR DOUBLE HELIX OPEN STAIRCASE:
This mighty double helix open staircase consisting of 274 steps is one of the major highlights of the Chateau. These two helices mount the three different floors very beautifully without even meeting each other. An amazing lighthouse is situated just above this point and providing an illumination view to the helices. People refer to this staircase as Leonardo Da Vinci staircase as they are very much sure about the designer of the staircase. After seeing the sight of this double helix open staircase, the well-established writer John Evelyn praised the work by saying that ‘this is an extraordinary work and by far the greater expense than beauty or use’.
Today, the Chateau De Chambord is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Chambord. Even many other buildings were made by taking reference from this structure. Some of these buildings are the Founder’s Building (University of London) designed by William Henry Crossland and Fettes College at Edinburgh, designed by the artist David Bryce. For many artists Chateau De Chambord is an inspiration. One can’t top the unfinished beauty and collection of the Chateau De Chambord. This royal palace is worth visiting!