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Review of Chateau de Chambord

Chateau de Chambord
Loire Valley, Chambord, France
02-54-50-40-00
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Chambord is the emblem of the French Renaissance through Europe and the world. The Domain of Chambord is made up of the château, a village, farms and a wooded area. The domain of Chambord is completely enclosed within a wall, all 5,440 hectares of it. That’s the equivalent of the city of Paris! It is the largest enclosed forest in Europe. The entire site has been the property of the state since 1930; when the public estate was created, article 230 of the law dated 23 February 2005 stated that the possessions making up the domain were given over to it without restriction or exceptions.
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“huge!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Enjoyed biking through forest and picnicking after touring castle. Probably spent about six hours there altogether. Extravagance of this "hunting lodge" .castle is both appealing and appalling

Visited May 2012
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“Not my favorite...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Chenonceau and Vilandry are better in my opinion... but pretty impressive... Worth doing the whole guided tour...

Visited July 2012
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

Just got back from chambord! It s the first time I've gone when it snowed and it was breathtaking! The grounds are covered in a thick white layer of snow and the castle just radiates. This is perhaps my favorite castle in France. Downsides of going during winter is that none of the cafes are open however you get to appreciate the castle peacefully without the usual summer crowds.

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“A fantastic chateau”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

one of the most beuatiful chateau in France... very large with an amazing staircase... mainly empty but still worth a visit from an architectural point of view...

Visited January 2013
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“What began as a hunting lodge ...Francois I - Lover of women, art and DaVinci”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

I had heard so much about Chambord prior to visiting especially that it was built by Francois I. As a monarch he is renown for his mistresses, love of great artworks and as being a benefactor of the Renaissance movement and especially of Leonardo DaVinci, However, while Francois initiated the construction of Chambord as a hunting lodge, it's opulence came much later. It certainly is one of the most popular of the chateaux (although not furnished) so if you don't like crowds you might want to give it a miss. Certainly the central stairwell is a fascinating mathematical problem, piece of art, and architectural element all rolled into one. Don't miss the downspouts on the roof configured to look like Francois's symbolic salamander - easy to miss if you don't know to look. And be sure to identify a "meet up" location if you and your friends or family get separated. It could take hours to reconnect considering the number of levels, rooms, and the staircase puzzle. The grounds are beautiful and spacious so there's a great deal of walking.

Visited May 2012
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