château is a manor house or residence of nobility most commonly used in France.
One of the most notable and recognized chateau’s is the Château de Chambord,
which is located in Chambord, Loir-et Cher, France, and was completed in 1547.
The Chambord began construction by order of the French King Francois I, whose
intention was to demonstrate his power to other rulers in the form of an
extraordinary architectural achievement. However, the building was not
completed until the reign of Louis XIV and over
the centuries it underwent many changes of power and functions. The
architect who designed the structure is not known, although many Italian
designers were attributed with its construction, the most notable being
Domenico da Cortona. The style and design, however, is heavily influenced by
Leonardo Da Vinci ( https://www.chambord.org/en/history/the-chateau/architecture/) since many of his designs or sketches were seen in the
Chambord. The style of the building is French Renaissance and Classical
Renaissance, and it remains one of the most significant examples for this
architectural style. The Chateau de Chambord is set within a wooded forest and
is an exceptionally symmetrical four-square plan considering its grand (ingersoll).
Unlike the French architectural styles of the time, the Chambord contained a more
Italian style and saw the use of a Greek cross-shaped center plan. This meant
that the four sides of the building open to a large room forming a cross where
they meet the famous double helix staircase. The center building is then
fortified with an enclosure and every corner is connected with a circular
tower. The Château de Chambord is
magnificent both in the interior and exterior giving visitors a representation
of French renaissance.