ARCHITECT, French
(active 1526-1550 in Chambord)

Exterior view

1526-50
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Château, Chambord (Loir-et-Cher)

The original designer of the Château de Chambord was Italian, Domenico da Cortona, but his plans seem to have been modified in the course of execution by French masons.

King François I, attracted by the site of Chambord as a hunting lodge, first caused plans to be drawn up for a château there in 1519. Work was begun shortly afterwards, but was interrupted and actively continued in 1526, and the construction was completed in 1550.

As it stands today, Chambord is essentially a French medieval chateau with square keep flanked by round towers from which run ranges of lower buildings, again with towers at the corners, the whole being surrounded by a moat.

View the ground plan of the building.




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