Sunday, January 8, 2017

France, Loire Valley - Château de Blois II (The François I Renaissance Wing)

The François I Renaissance wing (1515-1518)
In 1515, right after having acceded to the throne, François I initiated the first building project of his reign 
by erecting in Blois an edifice inspired by the Italian Renaissance. 
On the courtyard side, the majestic facade has in its center the François I staircase 
whose massive buttresses vividly contrast with the light picture windows. 
As for the exterior facade, it is inspired by the facades of the lodges elaborated by Bramante in the Vatican. 
At the time of their construction, the lodges offered a view of the gardens created for Louis XII and Anne, the Duchess of Brittany.   

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