Chateau de Chambord
The main attraction of visiting Château de Chambord is the magnificent castle. It is the largest chateau in the Loire valley and architecturally very impressive. The estate is interesting too but as a hunting lodge, it does not have a formal garden.
Château de ChambordThe dimensions of Château de Chambord are impressive – the castle is 156 m long and up to 56 m tall. Depending on who is counting, the castle has 426 rooms, 282 fireplaces and 77 staircases.
The main architectural features of Chambord are a typically French medieval square keep with four huge round bastion towers in each corner, two further wings and all enclosed by curtain walls. Despite the medieval foundations, Chambord never had any defensive structures and the execution is Renaissance in style.
Château de ChambordVisitors can see most of the three floors of the keep, a floor or two of some of the round bastions, and best of all the terrace with the magnificent forest of chimneys and turrets. This close-up view of Renaissance architecture is even more interesting than the oft magnificent views of the large hunting estate.
Visiting the Château de Chambord is less of an ordeal than the numbers may suggest. The place is massive allowing huge numbers of visitors to easily move through. Furthermore, there is no fixed route and as many rooms are unfurnished or contain no specifically important sights it is easy to simply pass over crowded spaces, or visit rooms filled with a tour group a few minutes later.