Monday’s Travel Photos – Château de Chaumont, Loire Valley, France

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When I first visited Château de Chaumont in 1997, I found it very delipidated. Last summer we spent a wonderful afternoon there during the annual garden festival. I discovered yesterday that it has been totally renovated inside and is now quite stunning! The château as it stands today was rebuilt by Pierre Ier d’Amboise en 1468, then by Charles II d’Amboise from 1498 to 1511. The construction was continued in 1562 when Diane de Poitiers was ousted from Chenonceau by Catherine de Medicis. It was restored by Prince de Broglie  between 1875 and 1900 at which time the stables were also added.

Chaumont in summer

Chaumont in summer

The entrance to the château with its stone frieze

The entrance to the château with its stone frieze

The bedroom of Cosimo Ruggieri, one of Catherine de Medicis' astrologists

The bedroom of Cosimo Ruggieri, one of Catherine de Medicis’ astrologists

Catherine de Medicis' bedroom

Catherine de Medicis’ bedroom

A view of the Loire showing an allegorical bas relief

A view of the Loire showing an allegorical bas relief

The main staircase with its beautifully sculpted central pillar

The main staircase with its beautifully sculpted central pillar

The dining room with its Gothic fireplace

The dining room with its Gothic fireplace

One of the many grisailles

One of the many grisailles

The library with its Aubusson tapistries

The library with its Aubusson tapistries

Monumental fireplace in the Grand Salon

Monumental fireplace in the Grand Salon

The inner courtyard with its Renaissance staircase

The inner courtyard with its Renaissance staircase

Stables built by Prince de Broglie in 1877

Stables built by Prince de Broglie in 1877

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7 Responses to Monday’s Travel Photos – Château de Chaumont, Loire Valley, France

  1. Susan Walter says:

    As a guide, I find Chaumont rather frustrating. Its real value now is the magnificent park and the garden festival — a fantastic transition to a modern reuse for the estate. The chateau also has the best setting in terms of vistas of any of the Loire chateau. The 19th century farm buildings are terrific examples of enlightened wealthy landowners striving for ‘model farming’. However, the interior bothers the purist in me. I love Charlotte Say and all her excentricities, but she and the Prince turned the place into a 19th century novel reader’s idea of what a renaissance chateau should look like. It’s hard work sifting through what is original, and what they brought in, and now it’s all overlaid with what the modern curators have brought in too. The Broglies had money and enthusiasm, but taste, restraint, and an eye for design were sadly not traits they possessed. It’s part of the chateau’s history now, but really complicated to present so visitors understand what they are looking at.

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