Chateau de Chambord’s extravagant design and majestic stature earned itself the title: the king of castles in Loire Valley. It was initiated by king Francois I in 1519 and meant to be his hunting lodge. However, Francois I reined for 32 years but only spent 72 days in the castle. Later on, his son, king Henri II, added the west wing and built the 2nd floor on the chapel. Also Louis XIV spent a huge amount of fund in renovating Chambord in 1685 during his reign. However, all these kings stayed only short period of time in this castle. Chambord, as we see today, was completed in 1864, making it the largest castle in Loire Valley and consisting of 77 staircases, 282 fireplaces, and 426 rooms. The last family to own Chambord privately was Comte de Chambord; his heirs sold the castle to French government in 1930 for 10,000,000 francs.
This is Chambord~~~ (好囂張的城堡阿～～～)
The diagram depicting the rooms. (但我還是看不出什麼東西)
The famous “double-spiral” staircases. It’s an interesting design always said to be Da Vinci’s idea. It comprises 2 sets of staircases spiraling on the center like a “double helix.” When 2 people are on each set of staircase, they can see each other through the hollow central column but will not be able to meet each other.
King Francois I’s emblem, a salamander, has been monogrammed on the ceiling.
One of the big staircases:
Renaissance style tower:
The lawn and the river seen from the castle:
Elaborately decorated towers:
我在這個城堡中沒照很多照片因為King Francois I是有名的愛打獵, 很多陳列室都是一堆小動物的家族標本, 還有一個大廳有上百個鹿頭骨跟鹿角, 我覺得看起來蠻變態的…
Leaving Loire Valley for Chatres:
Chatres is famous for having “Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Chatres”–French for “Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres.” It is a gothic architectural cathedral dated back to 12th century. It has remained an important landmark for Chatres and significant religious center for Marian pilgrims today.
The cathedral is huge: 130 meters in length, 46 meters in width, and the heighest point is 113 meters. Therefore, it was extremely difficult to take a photo unless I stood way back…whowever, there were always people going around besides it so I was never able to take a good photo.
Beautiful and complex carvings of the walls:
Gothic style tower:
One of the very elaborated stained-glass windows:
Light & music show at night~ (晚上天黑後有教堂聲光表演. 光線照在教堂上好像教堂變彩色的, 很好看~)