Chambord is an exceptional masterpiece.
Included on the very first list of historic monuments in 1840, it has also been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981.
Chambord is a monument to beauty and intelligence, conceived by Francis I and Leonardo da Vinci, and is certainly to architecture what the Mona Lisa is to painting. It is the very expression of the Renaissance, of which it has become a symbol worldwide. Not only because Chambord is the largest secular building of its time, but because its design and symbolism express the idea of perpetual renewal, the cycle of life, man’s place in the cosmos and a form of eternity.
VISITING CHAMBORD MEANS ENTERING A WORLD APART,FULL OF MYSTERY AND A DOORWAY TO GENIUS.
It was in September 1519 that work began on the construction of what would become, under the impetus of Francis I, the most stunning building of the French Renaissance: the Château of Chambord. Like its double helix staircase, a sublime metaphor for perpetual renewal, the challenge as we approach the 500th anniversary of Chambord is to share with the widest possible public the dizzying beauty and profound singularityof a monument inseparably tied to its domain.