Saturday, July 27, 2013

My, what big windows you have

Everything at the Chambord castle is super-sized. There are three main levels, plus the attics (no visitors allowed) and the roof terrace (visitors are allowed on the roof). Each level is about equal to two standard floors. According to Wikipedia, the castle contains over four-hundred rooms and nearly eighty stairways. The tip of the lantern over the central staircase rises 32 meters high (about 105 feet). That's the equivalent of a ten-story building.

Unidentified tourists looking out from the chapel over the castle grounds on a sunny afternoon.

I took this photo in the chapel, which is located in the western tower (all the way to the right in the banner photo above). Those windows look south, so you can't see them in the banner photo. Because it was such a nice day, many of the castle's windows were open and visitors were enjoying the views.

9 comments:

  1. Wow! You don't realise just how big it is, just that it is humungeous. I would never have guessed that the lantern is as much as 10 storeys high.

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  2. I knew the castle was big, but now that you have put it into perspective, it is HUMONGOUS!!
    Love the open windows in the photo letting in fresh air and sunshine, and taking away the gloominess that one normally associates with buildings of yore.

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  3. perspective is everything! look how heavy those windows must be, observe the pattern in the stained glass. I wonder what those visitors are seeing outside.

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  4. Beautiful photo. Looking at it you feel you are in the room, walking towards the window.

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  5. I need to go visit the castles of France one day!

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  6. All of these Chambord photos you've posted have been amazing, Walt! Unlike any you find out there!

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  7. Now I know where all of Laura Petrie's Capri (clam-digger) pants ended up after the show was cancelled.

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  8. Love the titles you come up with for each day's transmission! Very clever.
    The designs in the windows were earlier, I realise, but I can't help but think of Frank Lloyd Wright. Perhaps it is the colors. Just think how big the blueprints must have been or how long it took for the architect to even think of that roof design (but then, one only had to draw half and then it was duplicated).

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  9. What the hell does one do with 400 rooms?

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