5 Most Beautiful Chateaus in France

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Chateau de Chantilly

Chateau de Pierrefonds

Chateau de Pierrefonds, a historical building in Pierrefonds-Rouge, was constructed between 1729 and 1762 by Charles Turgot, Minister of Louis XV. Chateau de Pierrefonds is not only a remarkable landmark in the region, but also a remarkable example of French architecture.

The tiny gardens and the long corridors and staircase of the chateau make this building a perfect example of the effect of size on beauty. It is available for weddings and other special occasions.

The pillars in the courtyard of the chateau are a common architectural style known as the Louis XIII style. This design is characterized by the spread of the pillars to emphasize the shape of the tower.

The facade of the chateau is visible from the street because the building is set back from the street by several feet. The building offers a perfect view of the important elements of the facade, while it is also set far back from the street. This is the essence of the French formal garden, a term which refers to garden design in Europe.

The garden behind the facade of the chateau contains cypresses, privet bushes, flowers of different colors, and small fish ponds.

Chateau de Chaumont

Chateau de Chambord

Chateau de Chambord, situated in the Loire Valley, is the world’s largest chateau. The Chateau de Chambord, today a World Heritage Site, is privately owned and has been open as a museum.

The chateau was designed by Francois Mansart, said to have been put together "in rugby-like fashion," with the wings or "wings-in-corner" of a Gothic building in place, and the end pavilions being the typical French design.

The buildings, were erected by King Louis XIV of France, as the King’s hunting lodge, between 1641 and 1685. It has been suggested that the construction of the chateau and its interior decor were partly inspired by Italian painting.

The Chambord is made up of three units, an outer court to the north and two inner courtyards to the south and west.

There are 176 rooms on the ground floor and 49 on the first floor. The second floor houses a dining room, which is decorated with two arcades.

The lower floor lacks the four floors of conventional buildings, as it has been built on the second storey of the original French military lodge.

Chateau de Versailles