This jewel of architecture Renaissance French, it is considered the most beautiful of the Loire Castles. Like Blois, the Chambord castle is located in the French department of Loir-et-Cher, on the banks of the Loire River.
Initially it was conceived as a hunting lodge for the king Francisco I, who maintained his habitual residence among the nearby castle of Blois and that of Amboise. There are some hypotheses about the implication of the great teacher Leonardo da Vinci In its original design, when invited by King Francisco I. Certainly, the great Leonardo lived and worked very close to Amboise, and after his death, he was buried in the chapel of Saint-Hubert, on the outskirts of the castle.
Refering to structure The castle is a square plan, with eight towers and a keep inside. Its spectacular dimensions they accommodate 440 rooms, 84 stairs Y 365 fireplaces. It stands out especially, as a jewel of architecture, its open staircase of double helix that allows the ascent and descent at the same time, without bumping into another person.
Four rooms that form a cross and communicate with each other are arranged around this double helix staircase, distributing four parts of the house. This design is believed to have been the work of Leonardo da Vinci, although there is no supporting evidence.
The chapel, of exceptional dimensions, is connected to the tower through a gallery. Its construction was started by Francisco I and later finished by Luis XIV.
After the king's death Francisco I and for more than eighty years, the successors who inhabited the castle left it to deteriorate over time. Thanks to Gastón d'Orleáns, who received it as a gift from his brother Louis XIII, the works of restoration of the castle to prevent it from falling into ruin.
Loire, France: Château de Chambord (May 2021)