Friday, July 4, 2008

Chambord, France

A lovely card that i won in a lottery! My first one!

I think this is another magnificent view!
Shows the castle of Chambord in France, which is one of the most recognizable châteaux** in the world because of its very distinct French Renaissance architecture, that blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Italian structures.

It was constructed by King Francois I, in part to be near to his mistress the Comtesse de Thoury, a member of a very important family of France, whose domaine the château de Muides was adjacent. Her arms figure in the carved decor of the château.

It is the largest castle in the Loire Valley.

**châteaux - plural of château, which is a manor house or residence of the lord of the manor or a country house of nobility or gentry, with or without fortifications, originally - and still most frequently - in French speaking regions.


Martinha said...

Don't you wish you were a princess and live in these french châteaux??! They are just great.

Jessica said...

Just beautiful! I'm jealous :)

Ana said...

@Marta: heh, I have never thought about it, but now that you mentioned it :P well, i wouldnt mind at all, the place is just terrific!

@Jessica: dont be :)