Monday, May 13, 2013

Renaissance Architecture: Château de Chambord - Chambord, France

Interesting Places I've Photographed
Château de Chambord
Chambord, France
Topic: Philatelic Photograph, Renaissance Architecture

GPS: N47° 36.989; E 001° 30.998

Quick Description: 

Château de Chambord is a masterpiece of the French Renaissance located in the Loire Valley in Chambord, France

Long Description:

The two favorite pastimes of King François I were hunting and architecture. These passions came together when he built this hunting lodge in Chambord. The Château de Chambord an exceptional example of French Renaissance-style of architecture.

Château de Chambord is the largest château in the Loire Valley. It was built to serve as a hunting lodge for François I. The original design of the Château de Chambord is attributed to Domenico. Others give credit to Leonardo da Vinci. Château de Chambord took twenty-eight years (1519–1547) to build. Construction was managed by Pierre Nepveu.

François I, stayed at the Château de Chambord for a few weeks year to hunt in the surrounding woods. He left it devoid of furniture and inhabitants after each visit and ultimately unfinished. The Château was finished during the reign of Louis XIV, who enjoyed this Château so much that he and stayed here eight times.

Everything about Château de Chambord is extravagant, but the roof with its vast array of with turrets and chimneys is spectacular. it is reached by a double spiral marble staircase in the center of the Château.

The Château de Chambord has been owned by the government of France since 1932. it is continuously being restored and has been open to the public since 2007. It receives about 700,000 visitors a year.

The stamp was issued by France in 2004 as part of a sheet of 10 stamps in the Aspect of Life in French Regions issue.

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