Château de Chambord
Loire Valley, France
Within the French Loire Valley, you will find many castles, or chateaus, some of which inspired some of the most famous fictional castle we know and love. Château de Chambord is the largest chateau in the Loire Valley and inspired Beast’s castle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Château de Chambord was built as a hunting lodge for Francis I. It features a Classical French Renaissance style and was built between 1519 and 1547. The building was left abandoned for some time during the French Revolution and the Second World War. Later, art works from the Louvre and another chateau were moved to Château de Chambord.
The chateau features a large decorative moat, which surrounds the entire facade. The moat, paired with a beautiful green garden make for a picturesque sight from the top of the chateau. Within the chateau, there are 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces, and 84 staircases! The roof of the chateau contains eleven types of towers and three types of chimneys. During your visit, you can walk along the roof, to admire the towers up close!
The main features within Château de Chambord include open double spiral staircase, which climb three floors without ever connecting. You’ll also find detailed ceiling carvings, historic paintings, and beautiful tapestry.
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