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Val de LoireOn the trail of Francis I in the Loire Valley

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ChambordChambord, a haven for hunters was built for Francis I.. It is an absolute must when visiting the chateaus of the Loire Valley. The Château is located in the heart over 10,000 of acre of game-filled forests surrounded by walls, a hunting reserve (home to stag and wild boar), which can be admired from specially equipped observatory desks. It is a strange, prodigious and uninhabitable dwelling, where Francis I lived only a few months and where he welcomed Charles V: 426 rooms, 282 chimneys, 77 stairways, including the renowned double turn stairway inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. The whole Château inspires a profound sentiment of majesty. Visitors can also admire the harmony of proportions and the imaginativeness of the rooftops spiked with turrets, chimneys, and breathtaking skylights. As Monique Chatenet writes *, ?Chambord is?an architectural creation made with high ambition, a new ?world marvel? conceived to immortalize its creator.?The history of Chambord also boasts other great names such as Louis XIV, Molière, le Maréchal de Saxe, and the Count of Chambord, who left their marks on the Château. It was purchased by the State in 1932. It was inscribed in 1981 by UNESCO on the World Heritage List and included in the Loire Valley area also inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000.
* Monique Chatenet, Chambord, Editions du patrimoine, 2001

Below tapisserie showing Francis I going hunting with his hawker.

Additional Information

Château de Chambord,
Maison des Réfractaires,
41250 Chambord

Phone : n° indigo + 33 (0 825 826 088) 15 cts e/min ou 02 54 50 40 00
Fax : 02 54 20 34 69
Address 2 :Location de salles pour séminaires, visites de prestige :

Phone 2 :02 54 50 50 03 (Mme Manubens)

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