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Part Of The Crown - Palace Chambord - France
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The royal Chateau de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France, is one of the most recognizable chateaux in the world because of its very distinct French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures. The building, which was never completed, was constructed by King Francois I in part to be near to his mistress the Comtesse de Thoury, Claude Rohan, wife of Julien de Clermont, a member of a very important family of France, whose domaine, the ch�teau de Muides, was adjacent. Her arms figure in the carved decor of the ch�teau.
Chambord is the largest ch�teau in the Loire Valley; it was built to serve as a hunting lodge for Fran�ois I, who maintained his royal residences at Ch�teau de Blois and Ch�teau d'Amboise. The original design of the Ch�teau de Chambord is attributed, though with several doubts, to Domenico da Cortona. Some authors claim that the French Renaissance architect Philibert Delorme had a considerable role in the ch�teau's design, and others have suggested that Leonardo da Vinci may have designed it.
Chambord was altered considerably during the twenty years of its construction, (1519�1547), during which it was overseen on-site by Pierre Nepveu. With the ch�teau nearing completion, Fran�ois showed off his enormous symbol of wealth and power by hosting his old archnemesis, Emperor Charles V at Chambord.
In 1792, some of the furnishings were sold and timber removed. For a time the building was left abandoned, though in the 19th century some attempts were made at restoration. During the Second World War art works from the collections of Louvre and Compi�gne were moved to Ch�teau de Chambord. Now open to the public, in 2007 the ch�teau received 700,000 visitors.
February 11th, 2010
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