A great example of preserved Renaissance architecture is the Chateau de Chambord. It is one of the most famous of its kind in France and one of the best preserved in the world.

Designed as a hunting lodge, it was built in between 16th and 17th centuries for King of France Francois I, who occasionally visited the place in the countryside for royal retreat.

The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V visited Chambord in 1539 and described the castle as “a summary of what human industry can achieve.”

The castle is large and offers 426-room to explore, as well as a magnificent view of the Loire valley. Chambord.

The roof, designed primarily by Domenico da Cortona, has an asymmetrical ornamental design and the tower lacks a turret. The double spiral staircase may have come from Leonardo da Vinci. Dozens of chimneys, domes, gables and towers soar 56 metres into the air.

While many castles in the region served militaristic functions, Chateau de Chambord was conceived as an almighty symbol of power, wealth and superiority. The majestic Chatesau is surrounded by a forest which is home to a diverse wildlife.