The magical staircase of Chambord!!!

I have written several posts on the Château de Chambord, a magical place and a must visit I say, However, as with all wonderful monuments there is so much to write about that on many occasions I have forgotten or found no nuance to write about important elements of the place, This is the case here at Chambord and its magical staircase ! I will tell you about with new text and older pictures ; hope you enjoy it as I.

Inside the place is gorgeous but as a must within the musts you need to see the magical staircase of the Château de Chambord right in the center.  The original stair conceived by Leonardo Da Vinci for king François I is magnificent, but first some overall impressions.  The magical staircase of the Château de Chambord was built right in the center of the keep, at the crossroads of four large rooms. This so-called double revolution staircase serves the main floors of the castle, up to the top terraces where it is surmounted by the highest tower of the castle. And of course wonderful views of the Domaine ! Since the 16C, it has exerted the same fascination on visitors to the castle, on the one hand for the architectural prowess it represents, on the other hand for the staging it induces. In fact, two people, each taking one of the ramps, can see each other through the windows in the nucleus but never meet. A game that is still enjoyed by tourists, like the guests of the castle over the centuries.

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Attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, the brilliant inventor, the Chambord staircase presents a unique feature at the time: two screws, which go up one on the other, seem to form only one for the outside observer. The magical staircase symbolizes a perpetual renewal. This staircase, which allows two people to climb it simultaneously without ever crossing, has always fascinated visitors to Chambord. The Chambord castle staircase has a unique feature at the time, two screws, which go up one on the other, seem to form only one for the outside observer. However, those who take this staircase will testify ; it is possible to reach the terraces without ever crossing another person who goes up at the same rate at most, one can observe it by one of the skylights arranged towards the inside the staircase. It is invisible in the outer silhouette of the keep but occupies an essential place there, in the center of the cruciform plane, as if it were the backbone of the whole castle. No matter where you walk in, it cannot hide from the gaze!!

The staircase consists of an openwork central core around which wind, one above the other, two helical ramps supported by eight pillars. It benefits from side lighting, coming from the arms of the cross. Separating the main facade of the castle in two, the main section, called the Donjon or keep , rises. This tall cube is flanked at each corner by impressive round towers and overlooked by beautiful terraces. There, one walks between pointed roofs covered with slate, moldings and sculpted fireplaces and windows. In the center of the terraces stands the Tour-Lanterne. The highest point of the castle, its characteristic and ornate shape gives the house its recognizable profile.

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The Tour-Lanterne also tops the majestic staircase of Chambord castle, one of the most fascinating elements of the royal residence. Nothing from the outside indicates its presence. It nevertheless forms the central point of the keep. Almost nine meters in diameter, it has two entrances at each level and a propeller shape. A touch of magic seems to accompany the people who enter its steps. If they go up or down at the same time, each taking a different entrance, they do not cross. It is made up of two staircases wound one above the other, which gives it the name of Chambord double revolution staircase. Its axis of rotation is at the heart of an empty column surmounted at its top by the Lantern Tower. This column has stone walls pierced with openings serving as a skylight. These windows per se allow those who use the steps to see each other even if they use different ramps, adding a playful side to this structure.

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Built at the same time as the Donjon or keep, from 1519, the Chambord staircase serves two floors, but also the terraces. The use of double revolutions was to facilitate movement on the stairs and avoid traffic jams,,,. This astonishing construction, the centerpiece of the main building, is quite unusual in period buildings. Likewise, its helical shape departs from Renaissance trends, more accustomed to straight staircases. Leonardo da Vinci left his mark on the Chambord staircase. The propeller, the basic form of the construction, represents one of the movements that fascinates him intensely. It can be found, for example, in his study of the “Aerial Vis”, a prototype helicopter. Arithmetic, geometry and symmetry in particular have always interested him. Only he could, in the 16C, have imagined a castle plan developed from a central point: the staircase. To confirm Leonardo da Vinci’s involvement in the design of Chambord’s plans, further research is needed. The French revolution indeed led to the disappearance of all original plans and documents relating to the construction of the royal residence. The names of the architects who worked on this project remain unknown until now, unfortunately.

The official webpage of the Castle of Chambordhttps://www.chambord.org/en/groups/visit-the-chateau/

The Blois-Chambord tourist office on the castle: https://www.bloischambord.co.uk/explore/the-chateaux/the-chateau-de-chambord

And did I said, the king of the valley of the kings, Chambord, undescribable. A must to visit while in France. We had come back, and will again. We were there even during Christmas magical, and concerts awesome. Hope you enjoy the tour and do visit Chambord.

And remember, happy travels , good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “The magical staircase of Chambord!!!”

  1. So wonderful to be able to travel and see these beautiful places through your eyes. Wish this pandemic goes away finally. Stay safe, dear friend!

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