Rooms of Chambord

ROOM OF THE HUNTERS

GROUND FLOOR  CAPACITY  AREA 118 m²  Seats: 100 persons  Standing room: 150 persons

Embellished with red stag trophies, stuffed animals, and paintings depicting hunting scenes, this immense room epitomizes the venerable tradition of hunting in Chambord. With its embroidered green and gold tapestries, a heritage of French President Pompidou, the room is suffused with a   subdued and convivial atmosphere, ideal for the organization of cocktails or intimate dinners – and an ideal setting for a salon. The hunters’ room also features a fireplace and an underfloor heating system.

Historical background: This room is characterized by the many ways in which, over the centuries, it has been put to use. Once serving has headquarters for courtesans, under the reign of Louis XV it served as lodging for his father-in-law, and in the 1930s it fulfilled the functions of an auction hall.

ROOM OF THE RENOWNED

GROUND FLOOR  CAPACITY  AREA 108.05 m²  Seats: 100 persons  Standing room: 150 persons

This handsome white-beamed room is decorated with the portraits of some of the major figures in our collective history. With its wine-colored tapestries, it is one of the most refined rooms to be found in the château.

Historical background: The room of the renowned channels the spirit of King Louis XIV; prior to the construction of Versailles, he was a frequent visitor in Chambord. This is room where you can admire several representations of the sovereign — including the monumental portrayal, brought into being by Baron François Gérard, of the presentation to the ambassadorial corps of the new king of Spain.

ROOM OF THE GAME TRACKERS

GROUND FLOOR  CAPACITY   Area: 73.77 m²  Seats: 80 persons  Standing room: 80 persons

With its rough-cast walls in white tufa stone and its large-scale tapestries, the room of the game trackers is an authentic setting recapturing the spirit of the epic Chambord hunting parties. Amply adorned with the tapestries and numerous hunting trophies, it embodies one of the primary functions of the château: a hunting lodge.

Historical background: Once the mayor’s office of Chambord village, at a later time the room was transformed into a reception room for the rabatteurs, the game trackers who feasted there on hunting days; that is how it came to be named.

ROOM OF THE BOURBON DYNASTY

GROUND FLOOR  CAPACITY  Area: 115 m² Seats: 100 persons  Standing room: 150 persons

The room of the Bourbons is a spacious salon upholstered with yellow and gold tissues, and embellished with numerous portraits and busts rendering homage to the family of the Bourbons. With its two imposing chandeliers, its white beams, its large fireplace and its heavy curtains, the room is suffused with an atmosphere at once posh and hospitable.

Historical background: The family of the Bourbons maintained a close connection with the château of Chambord. The figures whose presence permeates the château – Louis XIV; Henri, Count of Chambord, of whom a bust is exhibited in this room – were scions of this most distinguished family.

 

THE GALLERY OF TROPHIES

SECOND FLOOR  CAPACITY  Area: 91.80 m²  Seats: 60 persons  Standing room: 100 persons

Adorned with impressive trophies of red stag, with its large windows this gallery is one of the château’s most brightly illuminated. In a dreamlike decor, the room immerses the visitor in  an area not only rendering honor to the forest surrounding the château, but also showcasing part of the Marion Schuster collection.

Historical background: At the outset of the 20th century Marion Schuster, the wife of Baron Rothschild, donated every one of the massacre scenes present in the gallery to the estate. To show thanks, the gallery was given her name.

UNDER THE COFFERED VAULTS

SECOND FLOOR  CAPACITY  Area: 150 m²  Seats: 100 persons by arm, 400 persons for the four arms  Standing room: 120 persons by arm, 480 persons for the four arms

These four rooms form a cross surrounding the central staircase and constitute a magnificent decor where you can look up and behold the vaulted caissons covering the ceiling with their sculpted salamanders (emblems of François I) and royal monograms. Ii is the perfect place to organize large-scale parties and receptions, and the broad-based fireplaces can recreate an atmosphere reminiscent of the most sumptuous feasts in Renaissance courts.

Historical background: “I fuel myself with good fire, and I quench the bad”; such was the motto of François I. In this room his salamander emblemis omnipresent, along with the “F” referring to the king and other royal symbols.

ARMS OF A GREEK CROSS

GROUND FLOOR  CAPACITY  AREA 150 m²  Seats: 120 persons by cross arm; 480 persons for the 4 cross arms   Standing room: 600 persons

The castle keep is composed of four large vestibules with a layout reminiscent of a Greek cross, while the center showcases the renowned double-helix staircase. The four arms, of which the centered plan is the only one of its kind in a French royal palace, are adorned with tapestries recapturing the grand myths of Antiquity. Come winter, the fireplaces of the cross arms return to use and help to create a heartwarming, convivial atmosphere.

Historical background: The double-helix staircase is surely the most emblematic feature of the château of Chambord. In all probability, it represents the umpteenth masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci.

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To anticipate the 500th anniversary of Chambord, we are launching a campaign to adopt a vine in Chambord’s historic vineyard, planted in 1518.

«VIGIPIRATE» security measures

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris on the night of 13-14 November 2015, and so as to ensure visitor safety, the National Estate of Chambord has been applying the preventive measures enacted by the government for public administrations .
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