Château de Chambord--page 2 (of 4 pages)

Domenico da Cortona?

The south facade

Although today this is the main entrance for tourists, it had been the tradesmen's entrance. The range of walls was completed in the 17th century and designed by Jules-Hardouin Mansart between 1683-85. This portal opens onto the courtyard since the palace block is pressed against the north. See the plan.
The side and rear (here) wings are set low; thus the palace, round towers to the contrary not withstanding, has no real defensive function.

The spectacular roof

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