Château de Chambord

Chambord’s chateau is the most recognized and magnificent of all of the castles in France. Located in the town of Chambord in the beautiful Loire Valley, Château de Chambord is a popular tourist attraction, with crowds drawn by its stunning blend of medieval and classical Italian architecture which was characteristic of French Renaissance style.  Its …

Château de Villandry

The last of the large castles chateau built in the Loire Valley during the Renaissance, Château de Villandry  was completed in 1536. An ancient fortress known as Colombier formerly occupied the site, with the new chateau constructed around the original keep after the property was  acquired by King François I’s Finance Minister, Jean le Breton.  …