Photographer's Note

The Chateau de Chambord is one of the most distinctive chateaux in the world because of its unique combination of Fremch Renaissance and classical Italian architecture. Although the grounds are not as impressive as Chenonceau, the interior and in particular the upper outdoor area at the top, constitute a pleasure playground for young and old. In fact, the open area roofscape reminds one of the skyline of a town. In fact, King Francois I wanted it to resemble the skyline of Constantinople.

Completed in 1547, the chateau was an anachronism at its inception, since it was never intended to provide a form of defense from enemies. The spectacular walls, towers and partial moat were purely decorative. The roofscape presents eleven kinds of towers, three types of chimneys, and 800 sculpted columns. The entire castle is surrounded by a 20 mile (31km) wall. Truly a delight, particularly in early morning before the crowds of tourists arrive...

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Additional Photos by John Cherrington (john_c) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4079 W: 52 N: 5746] (24666)
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