I am back home from my holidays in France. We made by car almost 500 km, visiting many places, so you can easily imagine how many photos I have.
The royal Château de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France, is one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world because of its very distinct French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures.[nb 1] The building, which was never completed, was constructed by King François I.
Chambord is the largest château in the Loire Valley ; it was built to serve as a hunting lodge for François I, who maintained his royal residences at Château de Blois and Château d'Amboise. The original design of the Château de Chambord is attributed, though with several doubts, to Domenico da Cortona. Some authors claim that the French Renaissance architect Philibert Delorme had a considerable role in the château's design, and others have suggested that Leonardo da Vinci may have designed it. One of the architectural highlights is the spectacular double helix open staircase that is the centerpiece of the château. The two helices ascend the three floors without ever meeting, illuminated from above by a sort of light house at the highest point of the château. There are suggestions that Leonardo da Vinci may have designed the staircase, but this has not been confirmed.
There are also other beautiful staircases, This is a close up of one of them.
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carlo62 (36147) 2013-09-26 15:06
bentornata a casa.
Un taglio molto originale per presentarci questo castello, ma, del resto, è la particolarità più preziosa del castello stesso.
La famosa scala è ben visibile nella sua bella architettura.
nikkitta (15788) 2013-09-26 16:56
Welcome back, I understand you went to visit Gus and Dawn in Australia? and now return from France?
I saw your note to Romano, so also we are today almost neighbors
I love and like your crop of the stairs , this is my preferred castle because to improve my french I had to give a talk about it, I know for instance that Francois premier, the king that bruit it, liked to play "hide and seek" in them
Great shot, waiting for more of this incredible castle
batalay (36141) 2013-09-26 17:01
Fabulous composition, especially with inclusion of the mystery man in the archway. The double helical spiral is known in Leonardo scholarship. He apparently collaborated with the architect of François I, and later the design was incorporated in the Vatican Museum — a scene that we both photographed. Thank you again for the collection of photos.
tyro (21126) 2013-09-26 18:10
As always, you have provided a very interesting and informative note for us. And, of course, a delightful photograph.
A very well composed picture which clearly shows the magnificent stairway and its relationship to the main façade of the Château with its fine window openings. The soft light is lovely and the colours true, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness excellent. I really like the inclusion of the man in the window at the bottom - he adds not only human interest but also a fine sense of scale.
dkmurphys (50734) 2013-09-26 22:25
Nice detail of architecture. Those old shapes have seen a lot from this world...
Have a good day ahead.
jjcordier (77870) 2013-09-26 23:33
Cet escalier de Chambord attire irrésistiblement les photographes. Tu as réussi un très bon cadrage incluant les arches du bâtiment. Peut-être aurais-tu pu couper le chéneau jaune à droite?
lousat (79772) 2013-09-27 0:57
Hi Malgo,very original capture from Chambord,i been there 23 years ago and it's always nice to see pics from the most big Loira castle,great idea this close-up and excellent quality as usual.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
ChrisJ (101814) 2013-09-27 4:01
I like the solitary man visible through the window. He animates the scene and provides a good focal point. The patch of green moss at right is also eyecatching. The other striking feature is the juxtaposing of the 2 buildings. The one at right is decrepit and in a sad state of repair, and the one at left is in better condition and looks newer. Tfs!
bukitgolfb301 (37056) 2013-09-27 17:28
Hi dear Malgo from France
Vey well considered framework image of nice cropping. Tasteful white color touch and sharp resentation is marvelous as usual.
Ya honestly I envy you-------.
All the best and have a good day! TAKERO
ikeharel (60401) 2013-10-01 1:25
Most photographers would show this beautiful chateau from the outside, Malgo, so must admit never saw a pic. of its inside walls.
Impressive stones built from, looks as a massive structured edifice.
Fine clear details, good light managed.
PiotrF (10448) 2013-10-09 15:22
Jak ja lubie takie ciasne kadry architektury. Jesli znajdzie się w nim kilka łuków, schody , balkonik a wszystko to kamienne gdzie czuc powiew historii nic wiecej mi nie potrzeba.
Dla mnie bardzo dobra praca!