Famous Renaissance Castles

When visiting Renaissance castles, you will be astonished at the marvelous arches, incredible high ceilings, symmetrical design base, ornate moldings and décor, as well as the impressive defense systems set up by the architects of the 16th century. These castles were built to impress and to last. All of the castles on this list are well worth investigating. You'll no doubt find both the architecture and the histories of these castles to be fascinating.

Chateau de Chambord
The Chateau de Chambord of Chambord, France, is considered the most beautiful Renaissance castle of the Loire Valley. The construction of this 440-room castle took more than 25 years. Two famous Renaissance artists are believed to be responsible for some of the most admired parts of the castle: Domenico da Cortona and Leonardo da Vinci. The castle contains 84 staircases and 365 fireplaces. The moat surrounding the castle was actually formed by diverting one of the tributaries of a nearby river. 

Egeskov Castle
Egeskov Castle is located on the island of Funen, Denmark. It is believed to be the best preserved of all the Renaissance water castles in Europe. Visitors will be impressed by the drawbridge access, the secret passageways, the high walls and built in defense mechanisms, the high arched windows and the elegant design.

Mir Castle Complex
This unique castle is located in Mir, Belarus. It was begun in Gothic style, but finished in Renaissance style in the 16th century. This castle features plastered facades, limestone portals, impressive towers and an amazing drawbridge. 

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau
Located in France by the Indre River, the Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau was built to replace a small castle that once occupied this grand property. The castle is classic Renaissance architecture, complete with long rows of symmetrical windows, a gorgeous symmetrical façade and fabulous statues. 

Chenonceau
One of the oldest castles in the Loire valley, Chenonceau was built entirely in the river, with a drawbridge linking it to the elegant gardens on the riverbanks. The castle was designed entirely by its female occupants and demonstrates both the elegance of Renaissance design and the skill of the era's engineers.

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