a little book available in the Chateau's shop,
with important and new revelations by Prof. Glaçon
illustrations of the book
description of the castle according to the encyclopaedia
In its present form, the Chateau de Chaambord is at one and the same time an improvement on a pre-existing farm (there are other such examples in the surrounding area which have remained stable and firm … farm, stable and farm … whatever), and a draft for another chateau which was to have been far larger and more convincing. At first, the architects went about things in an odd way heaping up details, decorative features, windows and sculptures without any real overview. It was only later, after they’d popped these elements in any old how, that a semblance of order appeared and everything had to be taken down so what was now old could be put back into a new order. Quite remarkably, these painful developments are not visible in the end result’s handsome unity. But traces remain … in an attention to detail running counter to certain oddities in the larger scale. The fireplaces, for instance, are finely worked but are not up to the job of heating the building. No one worried about this, as their purpose was to speed up the transport of goods, dishes and servants rather than conduct smoke.