Saturday, August 24, 2013

Chateau de Chambord

Image courtesy of Wikicommons, Benh Lieu Song

Earlier this week we visited Chateau Chambord which sits about halfway between Orleans and Tours. The chateau has variously been a hunting lodge, a field hospital, and a safe house for valuable art work during WWII. The inside is mostly empty of furnishings because the chateau was impractical for everyday living due to it's distance from a town (no regular food source) and because of its open floor plan and high ceilings (difficult to heat in the cold months).

The grounds are well kept, but lack the floral beauty, sculpture, and fountains of other chateau like Versailles.

Here are some photos we took of the chateau:

Chambord is famous for its decorative roofscape, which was designed to 
look like the skyline of Constantinople. Unusual to French design is the 
lack of symmetry in the roof towers.
The interior of Chambord boasts a double helix staircase. The two separate
staircases wind around each other for three stories and never meet.
Another view the staircase as my son walked back down.
The open air arches to one of the inner keep towers

Another winding staircase, this one in one of the inside keep towers

The exterior view of the staircase in the above photo

Close up of some of the decorative rooftop towers

View of the gardens from the rooftop terrace

Putti decorating the roof

Another view of the roofscape

The center tower on the roofscape which is also the 
highest point of the chateau

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