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. 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. The château features 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces, and 84 staircases. Four rectangular vaulted hallways on each floor form a cross-shape.
The roofscape of Chambord contrasts with the masses of its masonry and has often been compared with the skyline of a town: it shows eleven kinds of towers and three types of chimneys, without symmetry, framed at the corners by the massive towers. The design parallels are north Italian and Leonardesque. Writer Henry James remarked "the towers, cupolas, the gables, the lanterns, the chimneys, look more like the spires of a city than the salient points of a single building.
The château also features 128 meters of façade, more than 800 sculpted columns and an elaborately decorated roof. When François I commissioned the construction of Chambord, he wanted it to look like the skyline of Constantinople. (From Wikipedia)
Well, it doesn't remind me of Istanbul but I do not know how Istanbul looked like in sixteenth century. One can go on this terrace and admire all these chimneys. Look carefully - it may seem symmetrical but it is not.
Another view in Workshop.
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jemaflor (82098) 2014-01-20 1:46
An interesting pov on this famous castle, original frame on only towers and roofs, original idea with your title, good sharpness, tfs.
papagolf21 (84048) 2014-01-20 2:44
Bonjour, chère Malgo,
Une image originale quant à la présentation de ce château aux dimensions étonnantes.
Tours, campaniles, lucarnes et autres motifs décoratifs ressortent joliment sur ce ciel gorgé de nuages et de coins de ciel bleu.
snunney (80689) 2014-01-20 2:57
You have chosen a novel point of view on this well known château and it works very well indeed. Good choice of the panoramic format and excellent framing to produce a well balanced symmetrical composition. Superb detail.
Noel_Byrne (22112) 2014-01-20 5:05
I know this place to see, and it is one place I must see in person one day, its like an architect had a lot of fun designing this place. I like your unusual shot of it here, by focusing on the details of the upper parts of the building, you have made it look almost the skyline of some fairytale city! Very nice way to present this place.
Thanks as always
Sergiom (56597) 2014-01-20 5:21
Tu as su résister à l'envie de prendre le célèbre château dans son ensemble pour en prendre un cadrage serré qui montre ses beautés de près .J'aime beaucoup l'idée de le comparer avec une ville mythique.
rigoletto (34231) 2014-01-20 6:59
so bad that they didn't have any cameras in the 16th century. i wonder how the architects made the king believe that the structure resembled the skyline of constantinpole. it is obviously quite irrelevant, and looks more like st. gimignano skyline :)) anyway, thinking apart from how it was made, it looks very original and interesting.
phildar77360 (322) 2014-01-20 10:24
Une manière originale d'aborder le Château de Chambord, mais il faut dire le toit de ce château est vraiment incroyable tant il regorge de détails.
PaulVDV (21165) 2014-01-20 10:34
This is certainly not a ususal picture of the famous castle of Chambord.
But what a roofscape you present us here!
A wonderful collection of all kinds of towers and turrets. It actually looks like a city in itself.
I really like your idea for this presentation.
Best regards, Paul
adramad (36297) 2014-01-20 11:00
Wonderful composition, one of the most spectacular castles of the Loire, the roof with these architectural quirks, they are wonderful to visit them, have captured a splendid POV with good symmetry and a high degree of detail.
Very good brightness and sharpness, with beautiful colors.
Well done. I Like
Have a good day.
Waylim (25172) 2014-01-20 16:04
This is really a very spetacular piece of architecture. There is so much grandeur, it is almost looks like an illustration of design and not an actual building, and this is only a partial view, I can imaging the bottom of it. The light is not ideal but you manage really wonderful details.
Corry (4508) 2014-01-20 21:06
Belle prise de vue des tours du toit de Chambord. L'image permet d'en apprécier toute la splendeur. Bien fait.
jjcordier (74554) 2014-01-20 22:26
Bonne image de ces tours et cheminées qui sont une des particularités de ce superbe château.
saxo042 (37058) 2014-01-21 0:06
I recognize this easily. We have been to Chambord but never to Istanbul. A guide told us that this castle has two towers, one is devoted to God and the other to the King. And the King wanted “his tower” to be higher…
dkmurphys (47690) 2014-01-21 6:13
I like this upper capture of the impressive and complicated roofs. Maybe it looks a little bit like Constantinople skyline...
Have a fine afternoon.
gildasjan (41212) 2014-01-21 10:23
Bons rendu des détails de l'architecture sous ce ciel agréablement chargé.Un joyau de la France que personne ne laisse indifférent.
Romano46 (16584) 2014-01-21 10:44
unm titolo spiritoso ma appropriato per questo bel dettaglio da te colto nella Valle della Loira.
Eccellente sia la nitidezza che la luce che illumina il soggetto.
Molto interessanti sia il taglio che la composizione.
Ciao e buona serata
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-01-22 0:21
piekny palac z niezliczona iloscia wiezyczek,ciekawe miejsce,pozdrawiam
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-01-22 2:16
ciekawa notka, ktora zdecydowanie zmienia sposob patrzenia na to zdjecie. I faktycznie nie ma tu symetrii, kotra moglaby sie wyadwac na pierwszy rzut oka. Bardzo ladne kolory i ostrosc.
RhodieIke (11512) 2014-01-22 3:48
Your tight crop on this fantastic chateaux is fantastic as it brings this super Architecture to the Fg, to be admired in all it's glory.
ikeharel (54195) 2014-01-22 8:25
Almost a 3D image of the multi-turrets of the famouse Château de Chambord, Malgo.
Fine clarity and nice view upwards. Looking carefully on details, each of the towers is different.
macjake (54070) 2014-01-23 16:00
Looks just like my home! haha
Really enjoyed reading the note too, nice to learn about the actual structure and style of architecture.
and i don't think i've seen it from this point of view before, so that makes it sweet too.
thanks for this one, really enjoyed it.
I don't see any laundry hanging out the windows Haha