The domaine national de Chambord is made up of the chateau, a village, farms and a wooded area covering nearly 5440 hectares, roughly the size of the city of Paris.
In legal terms, it is an Industrial commercial public estate created by the law dated 23 February 2005 and a decree implementing it on 24 June 2005. The creation of this institution put in place a single body rather than the eight different government administrations that had been responsible for the site. The goal of the supervising ministries is to develop the site’s attractiveness in terms of tourism, culture, heritage and landscape while keeping to budgets and optimising human and financial resources.
The entire site has been the property of the state since 1930; when the public estate was created, article 230 of the law dated 23 February 2005 stated that the possessions making up the domain were given over to it without restriction or exceptions. In keeping with the founding texts, the missions of the domaine national de Chambord are as follows:
1°) To preserve, inventory, protect, restore, enrich for the government’s accounts, reveal the value and highlight for the public the moveable and immovable property that make up the domaine national de Chambord;
2°) Provide, by any appropriate means, a welcome for the broadest possible public to the château and the domain, increase visits to the château and the domain, contribute to spreading knowledge about the two and its collections, developing and carrying out educational and public events in order to ensure equal access to culture for all;
3°) Enrich the national collections by acquiring, on behalf of the government, cultural goods by donation or in return for payment;
4°) Ensure the scientific study of the architecture of the buildings, the collections, gardens, forest, fauna and game;
5°) Manage the State forest domain with which the establishment has been endowed, with the aim of developing sustainably;
6°) Guarantee the management of game within the domain in order to balance the needs of the forest and wildlife and to preserve biodiversity;
7°) Participate in as much as it is concerned, in the national and international effort to preserve architectural heritage and monuments, forests and wild animals.
The domain of Chambord is completely enclosed within a wall, all 5,440 hectares of it. That’s the equivalent of the city of Paris! It is the largest enclosed forest in Europe.See article