The Chambord Chapel was built before the castle.  It was founded by Louis XIV and dedicated to St. Louis.  Today, only the walls remain from the original structure as the rest of the church was completely renovated by the Earl of Chambord in 1850. This shot of the main altar through the carved fleur-de-lis on […]

Almost as large and amazing as the castle are its grounds.  More than 13,000 acres of wooded park land and a game reserve surround the Chateau de Chambord, enclosed by a 20 mile wall.  I loved the sight of these bicycles propped up against a tree on the castle grounds during lunchtime. You Might Also […]

The Chateau de Chambord is the largest castle in the Loire Valley.  It was built as a hunting lodge for King Francois I, in part to be near his mistress th Comtesse de Thoury who lived at the Chateau de Muides nearby, but was never completed.   Instead Francois I maintained his royal residences at […]

Here are three more fleur-de-lis shots, all from the Chateau Royal de Blois. Fleur-de-Lis Photo #1.  A fleur-de-lis painted on the wall in the State Room. Fleur-de-Lis Photo #2.  A fleur-de-lis in one of the stained glass windows at the Saint-Calais Chapel. Fleur-de-Lis Photo #3.  Fleur-de-lis and Queen Anne of Bretagne’s ermine symbol on a […]

The Renaissance Wing of the Chateau Royal de Blois includes many ermines (Queen Anne of Bretagne’s symbol) and fire-breathing salamanders (King Francois I’s symbol).  Here is a favorite shot of each. You Might Also Enjoy: Close, Closer, Closest:  Throne in the State Room at the Chateau Royal de Blois Chateau de Chenonceau:  Catherine de Medici’s […]