Top architectural jewels of the French Renaissance

Chateau d’Amboise, photo by sybarite48/Flickr

French Renaissance architecture was imported to the country during the early 16th century. At that time numerous castles were built in the Loire Valley, but there are also spectacular buildings in other parts of France. Most examples of French Renaissance are castles (chateaus). These are magnificent and very attractive for visitors. The Chȃteau d’Amboise, the Chȃteau de Chambord, the Chȃteau de Fontainebleau or the Chȃteau de Chenonceau are just a few examples of the spectacular French Renaissance. If you love to visit historic buildings, especially castles or you are a fan of Renaissance architectural style, read on to find out more about the best examples of French Renaissance.

Chȃteau d’Amboise

The wonderful castle is considered the earliest example of French Renaissance. It can be found in Amboise, in the Loire Valley. It used to serve as a royal residence during the 15th century. This is the reason why it was totally rebuilt, in Renaissance style. The works began in 1492. At the beginning the French late Gothic style was adapted, but later, in 1495 Italian mason-builders were employed and some Renaissance motifs appeared at the Chȃteau d’Amboise. Later, other architects and artisans were brought from Italy. The spectacular castle is listed as a historic monument since 1840. Although, it was damaged several times over the years, it is still a spectacular chȃteau and a must see attraction of the Loire Valley.

Chateau d’Amboise, photo by sybarite48/Flickr


Chȃteau de Chambord

It is a breathtaking and immense castle situated in Chambord, in the Loire Valley. The castle is one of the top examples of French Renaissance and a major tourist attraction of the country. It was built under the order of King François I. The immense chȃteau is considered the largest in the Loire Valley. The construction of the castle took about 20 years, from 1519 to 1547. Some famous art works which can be found today in the Louvre and Compiègne, were brought to the castle during the World War II. Today, it is open to the public, being very popular among tourists.

Chateau de Chambord, photo by Luciano Guelfi/Flickr

The Palace of Fontainebleau

Located about 55 km of Paris, it is a wonderful jewel of French Renaissance architecture. It can be found in the commune of Fontainebleau and it is one of its major tourist attractions. The palace was built on the site of an earlier chȃteau. It is undoubtedly a magnificent building. Today, a part of the palace houses a school of art, music and architecture.

Chȃteau de Chenonceau

The spectacular manor house can be found near the village of Chenonceaux, in the Loire Valley. It was constructed on the River Cher, on the site of an old mill. The fantastic manor contains several rooms, a chapel, a library and numerous bedrooms or living rooms dedicated to famous French personalities, such as Louis XIV, Catherine de Medici, Francis I. There is also a wonderful garden with a fountain in its centre located near the manor.

Chateau de Chenonceau, photo by bortescristian/Flickr




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