Blois was the seat of powerful counts since the IX century and a royal residence in the XV-XVI centuries. In addition to the castle, the town has several medieval quarters, each with distinct character.
Chambord was built as a hunting lodge for Francis I but never fully completed. Compared to many other Loire Valley castles, it has much less history and seems imposing but rather empty. The roof terraces, however, with their elaborate towers and chimneys, are spectacular.