he largest château of the Loire was commissioned by François I. Constructed between 1518 and 1545, it has 440 rooms, 365 fireplaces and 84 staircases. Leonardo da Vinci, Louis XIV, Moliére, and Henri, count of Chambord, who refused the French crown in 1871, are associated with the story of this historic building. The estate has belonged to the State since 1932 and has been included on the Unesco World Heritage list since 1981.
The park : The largest enclosed forest park in Europe has been a national hunting reserve since 1947. 5,500 hectares surrounded by a 32 km wall, 1 500 ha of which are open to visitors, with wild-life observation posts for watching stags, wild boar, roe deer, moufflons and protected species.