"Admire the Staircase of the Chateau" Saint-Jean-Lespinasse Things to Do Tip by hquittner
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In the 1520's, building in the early French Renaissance style, Jeanne de Montal understood that having an interior staircase was the "in thing" (like at Chenonceau). She brought in the best designers and sculptor-stoneworkers to make this masterpiece made of the local light colored stone. It is open and carved from bottom to top. Even the pillared outer door has a lintel supporting statues in niches. This is sited at the inner angle and does not compete with the elaborate facade (separate Tips) in the Cour d'Honneur. The under sides of the stairs are fancifully carved; there are keystones in the vestibule. An imposing Guard's seat is at the lower stair end decorated with scallop shells.
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