The Château de Chambord in Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France, is one of the most recognisable châteaux in the world because of its very distinctive French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures. The building, which was never completed, was constructed by Francis I.
Chambord is the largest château in the Loire Valley; it was built to serve as a hunting lodge for Francis I, who maintained his royal residences at the Château de Blois and Amboise. The original design of the Château de Chambord is attributed to Italian architect Domenico da Cortona; Leonardo da Vinci may also have been involved.
Apr-Oct: 9 am - 6 pm
Nov-Mar: 9 am - 5 pm
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing.)
Closed on Jan 1, first Mon of Feb, Dec 25.
Children (under 18), EU citizens (under 25): free