Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Enchanted Loire Valley castles

The Loire Valley in France is the home of fairytales with its fantasy castles and enchanted forests. You wouldn't want to leave that places ever!

Very famous and touristy Château de Chambord. It's an icon. Very impressive! In 1516, François I, king of France since 1515, came back from Italy with Leonardo da Vinci with a desire to create a large structure in the Italian Renaissance style. The hunting lodge chosen by François I in 1519 quickly turned into an immense architectural creation with lofty ambitions, a new “wonder of the world” destined to immortalise its creator, François I, the “architect prince”. This residence bears spectacular testimony to his two passions: hunting and architecture. To discover it, visitors must penetrate a dense and game-filled forest before, at its heart, discovering an architectural gem still that has remained intact.

Chambord had another important king, Louis XIV, who stayed at the castle on many occasions, sometimes accompanied by Molière's Company who would perform comedy-ballets accompanied with music composed by Lully for him.

Chateau du Moulin, "pearl of the Sologne". Built in 1492 for the Court for Philippe du Moulinl, companion of youth and captain of the king Charles 7th, the castle du Moulin reflects its towers in the water of its moats. Built on the plan of a feudal castle, it has preserved during the years the architectural value of a monument in the Franco-Italian art style, it remains a jewel of architecture. The castle is furnished and still inhabited.

Chateau de Cheverny. Finished in 1634, this Classicalchateau still belongs to a descendant of the original owner.

The grounds shelter the 18th-century Orangerie, where Leonardo da Vinci''s Mona Lisa was hidden during WWII:

The fragment of wooden ceiling:

Beautiful garden:

Chateau de Beauregard Was built around 1520 as a hunting lodge for Francois I. It contains a gallery with 327 portraits of royalty.