Château de Chambord

The royal Château de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France, is one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world because of its very distinct French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures. The building, which was never completed, was constructed by King François I.

Chambord is the largest château in the Loire Valley ; it was built to serve as a hunting lodge for François I, who maintained his royal residences at Château de Blois and Château d'Amboise. The original design of the Château de Chambord is attributed, though with several doubts, to Domenico da Cortona. Some authors claim that the French Renaissance architect Philibert Delorme had a considerable role in the château's design, and others have suggested that Leonardo da Vinci may have designed it.

Chambord was altered considerably during the twenty-eight years of its construction (1519-1547) during which it was overseen on-site by Pierre Nepveu. With the château nearing completion, François showed off his enormous symbol of wealth and power by hosting his old archnemesis, Emperor Charles V at Chambord.

The twenty closest neighbours in the database:

Château de Blois (14 km), Château du Clos Lucé (46 km), Château de Chenonceau (47 km), Château de Sully-sur-Loire (66 km), Guédelon (123 km), Paris (France) (152 km), Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (173 km), Château de Vitré (211 km), Abbey of Fontenay (215 km), Le Mont-Saint-Michel (France) (251 km), Beaune (France) (259 km), La Rochelle (France) (259 km), Reims (France) (260 km), Amiens (France) (260 km), Dijon (France) (268 km), Sarlat-la-Canéda (France) (304 km), Château de Josselin (306 km), Rocamadour (France) (313 km), Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans (328 km), Verdun (France) (333 km)

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