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Wednesday, 30 January 2013


I found this delightful photograph of the chateau at Chenonceau in the Loire valley. Although this is a little prior to my historical period of interest, this picture shows the development of the building, moving left to right:-

First, there was a castle on the site, built in the 1430's, but this was destroyed except for the keep (or donjon) which is on the left of the picture.

Next, the chateau was built between 1515 and 1521. This is the central block with corner turrets and three-window per floor facade.

Finally, the arched gallery was added in 1555, designed by the architect de l'Orme.

A beautiful building.

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