Thursday, 16 July 2009

Sky Watch over Chambord









From Wikipedia:"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 that blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Italian structures.

It was constructed by King François I, between 1518 and 1543.
Chambord is the largest castle in the Loire Valley, but was built to serve only as a hunting lodge for François I, who maintained his royal residences at Château de Blois and at Château d'Amboise."


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37 comments:

Brenda said...

Very impressive architecture. The skies were beautiful also.

Erin said...

it is kind of an overwhelming structure in one instance but oh so beautiful architecturally. all the towers and spires and do-dads...wow.
and lovely against that sky.
enjoyed all the captures and thanks for putting it is slide mode.
have a wonderful weekend.

Dina said...

So different! I've never seen a castle like that.

RuneE said...

That was an impressive show - the closest I can come is La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. I have more than 100 shots from there. Some of them might do here.

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful architecture! Unusual! Fabulous shots as always, Wil! Fun to be able to see them in slide mode!

Arkansas Patti said...

I am always so amazed at the talent of those early builders.How on earth they created such intricate architecture with basically primitive tool compared to the buiders of today. Just beautiful.

Renie Burghardt said...

Can't imagine living in something that large, even if I were a Duchess! But it certainly is magnificent, beneath that lovely sky!

Hugs,

Renie

Vicki Lane said...

The roof line is such a fantasy -- hard to imagine how much labor it must have required. And what a beautiful staircase!

Guy D said...

Amazing architecture, awesome photos.

Have a great weekend
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Babooshka said...

The architecture is so beautiful, but as you know I am so biased about this country.

Hildegarde said...

Persoonlijk val ik er niet zo voor, als ik dat mag zeggen, voor die mix met italiaanse structuren, ik vind het nogal druk zonder sierlijkheid en weinig omkaderd door luxueus groen. Maar is het echte grandeur, hoor !

mkreider said...

I was brought here by Sky Watch. You have a very very good blog here. great photos and commentary. I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Pacey said...

Lovely photo shots Wil. And the building has an impressive structure, great for skywatching too.

Grace and Bradley said...

We went to Chambord 25 years ago nd my daughter was only 7/8 years old. It ws indeed very French and very impressive. But through the French revolution, its was really only the outside, not much left inside. I wonder have they done more for the furnishing and decoration now. Thanks for sharing

Cloudia said...

Was that Leonardo's patron?
Wonderous post, Wil!

Aloha-

Comfort Spiral

Hilda said...

The sky is lovely, but this is one time that I can say that its beauty is overshadowed by a building. Château de Chambord is magnificent!

Happy SWF!

irene said...

It's so historic and beautiful. Chateau is such a romantic word, lol

Hildred and Charles said...

A hunting lodge yet!!!! Magnificent, and beautiful against that lovely sky.

Etje said...

Telkens als ik zoiets zie dan vraag ik me af hoe het hun gelukt is om zoiets te bouwen, schitterend is het.

jeannette stgermain said...

A beautiful castle, Wil - and enormous! It looks like they are renovating on on of the towers.

Michele said...

Wonderful slide show... what an incredible structure. I would be in awe to stand next to this... wow.

Dirk said...

Dit is een van de kastelen van de Loire die ik nog niet bezocht heb. Ga er zeker nog eens naartoe, heel mooi.

Miss_Yves said...

Le blanc et le gris ardoise des matériaux ressort merveilleusement sur le bleu du ciel !
De superbes points de vue .

Gramma Ann said...

What amazing and beautiful architecture. And yes the skies were lovely also. Thanks for sharing, I always enjoy visiting far away places from my easy chair.

Pam said...

There were so many beautiful photos,
I didn't know weather to look at the wonderful skies or the beautiful architecture. The combination is fantastic, Wil...

Naturegirl said...

Wonderful!Brings me back to Germany where I saw castles last August. sigh!

Etje said...

Ondanks het grijzee weer kom ik je toch een fijn weekend wensen Wil

Marja said...

Thanks for sharing I so love castles It's magnificent. There are also many nice ones along the Rhine in Germany and where I lived in Wychen

Arija said...

Wonderful photos of your french trip.

Miss_Yves said...

OH! Reader Will, Jules Verne a eu le premier l'idée d'un tunnel sous la Manche !!!!!Alors, pourquoi pas ??????
Bon dimanche!
je vais bientôt partir en vacances, (le 27) mais j'ai prévu une programmation automatique un jour sur deux .

Abe Lincoln said...

Your photos are remarkable, Wil. Nice post.

To respond to your comment on my blog...

I well remember chamber pots, Wil. It got so cold in our house in the winter time that our pot contents would freeze and had to be set on the kitchen cookstove to thaw out so they could be dumped in the toilet outside.

And then people, these days, complain about a stopped up drain. LOL

I hope too, you can see my efforts to raise 10,000 visitors on my new blog, Pick a Peck of Pixels.

http://pickapeckofpixels.blogspot.com/

Jeanette said...

Gday Wil.
Amazing Beautiful architecture. love the spires against the blue sky..

Im just catching up with your beautiful photos from NZ.. and Snow capped mountains..
Have a good weekend ..Jen

Gretchen said...

Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your world with us. :)

Miss_Yves said...

Quelle coïncidence! Je suis en train de suivre une émission télévisée d'Arte -5-("La course au trésor") sur les châteaux de la Loire et autres,(Loir et Cher)et voici Cheverny, présenté par le marquis!

Arija said...

Wil, I came back to really enjoy this fairy tale castle properly as a little Sunday treat to myself. It is of course quite splendid but also designed whith such whimsical touches of decorative chimneys and dolls house features on the roofs. Just think if this were the Beast's castle in 'La Belle et la Bete' what wonders to discover as she finds her way around. You could never be bored in such a place if you had the run of it.
Your photos are just wonderful and bring out the humour as well as the splendour of the design.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Wil: Beautiful castle and a neat critter shot of the beagles.

SandyCarlson said...

What an incredible, amazing place. So beautiful.