Between Orléans and Tours, east of Blois and 2 hours from Paris, the Chateau of Chambord is one of the most celebrated chateaus of the Loire.
It is huge with 440 rooms and 365 chimneys. The construction of the chateau began in 1519 on the orders of King Francis I who had already given it the name of “my home”. It was finished only five years after the death of the sovereign, with 1800 men working for 30 years to finish the project.
Jewel of the French Renaissance, Chambord is unequaled in its architectural prowess. Even though it was rarely lived in, the Chateau kept a political function as the symbol of what absolute power can do when construction is useless and done only on the whim of he who placed the order. The Chateau of Chambord and its domain were bought by the State in 1930 and underwent 30 years of restoration work before finding its original beauty.
One can visit the Chateau and the many acres of garden and woods that surround it. Those who love hunting can visit the Museum of the Hunt and Nature with its collections of furniture and objects from the Renaissance period.