Palace of Chambord and Blois

Palace of Chambord, Loire Valley Palace of Chambord, Loire Valley

The Château de Chambord, built in the 16th century, is one of a kind. Its architectural design is a mix between French medieval and Italian Renaissance. The castle also features some technical innovations, which incited rumors that Leonardo da Vinci participated in the design of the castle before his death in 1519. Whether or not this is true, this castle is emblematic of François I, proponent of both French tradition and modernity, fascinated by art and culture.

The historic center of Blois offers visitors a rich historical and religious heritage in a small area. But the history of the city was especially marked by its extraordinary castle, residence of French kings during the 16th century.

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