Chambord Castle: a lovely palace
Located in the Loir-et-Cher department, 14 kilometres from Blois and 164 kilometres from Paris, the Chambord Castle is the most enormous of the Loire Valley Castles as well as being one of the most prestigious and most visited. It is particularly famous for its double helix staircase, which has been attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, two people can climb it together without passing one another. The Chambord Castle is an architectural masterpiece of the Renaissance.
Built in the sixteenth century under the supervision of King François I, nicknamed as the Prince Architect, the Chambord Castle sits majestically in the middle of Europe’s largest enclosed woodland park (which covers around 5,440 hectares enclosed by a 32-kilometre long wall). Today it is home to red deer and wild boar and is a national hunting and wild game reserve. This magnificent creation with its unique lines impresses all with the enormity of its architectural scale and by the sheer extravagance of the works carried out: 156 metres of façade, 426 rooms, 77 staircases, 282 fireplaces and 800 sculpted capitals. This was one of the largest construction projects of the Renaissance.
Today, you can visit not only the royal apartments of François I and Louis XIV and the amazing roofscape which bristles with turrets, chimneys and dormer windows, you can also admire the magnificent views from its terraces. There is something exciting going on here all year round: exhibitions, nocturnal spectacles, horse shows and many other entertainments. Set off on your very own discovery of the Loire Valley Castles tour in a minibus with Paris City Vision and enjoy priority access on your visit to Chambord.
Near Chambord Castle:
You have to visit Chambord Castle if you come near Blois. But several places are amazing too :