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Amazing double-helix staircase in the Château de Chambord, Loire Valley, France. The two helixes ascend three floors and never meet. In the center is an open air shaft that lets in light. Some believe Leonardo da Vinci designed the staircase.

Chateau de Chambord, France. The castle that was the inspiration for Disney's 'Beauty & the Beast'.

"Chateau de Chambord, the castle that was the inspiration for Disney's 'Beauty & the Beast' " ( Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France).

The Museum of Applied Arts - Budapest, Hungary

Look at those arches! And the shape of the opper balcony/"look-down" thing! The Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, Hungary photo via alexandra.Art Noveau with some Islamic and Hindu motifs

Chambord staircase aka The Lover's Staircase

Inside Chateau de Chambord, France (by Marco Caciolli) reminds me of the inside of a snail shell, just it´s a castle and simply beautiful - double helix stairway by DaVinci

Duomo! Milan, Italy

Been there - loved it~ Milan, Italy - Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral) . "The cathedral church of Milan, Italy, this Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the fourth-largest cathedral in the world and the largest in Italy.

Villa Ruggeri (Villino Ruggeri) ~ Arquitectura asombrosa_Fue diseñado por Giuseppe Brega y realizado en 1902. Se encuentra en Pesaro, Italia.

I am open to putting some stone work with Art on the out side of the Courtyard walk ways. Villa Ruggeri aka Villino Ruggeri, Pesaro, Italy - 1907 - by Giuseppe Brega (Italian, - Style: Art Nouveau - Mlle

Chambord Castle, France: Given that Chambord was officially built to serve only as a hunting lodge, it is quite impressive construction. It is also worth a mention that the location of the castle was chosen by King François I as he desired to be near his mistress, Claude Rohan, whose palace was located adjacently. The massive castle has 440 rooms, 365 fireplaces, and 84 staircases, and it is the largest chateaux in the Loire Valley in France.

Chateau de Chambord It is the largest castle in the Loire Valley, France, but was built to serve only as a hunting lodge for King François I, who maintained his royal residences at Château de Blois and at Château d’Amboise.

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The Château de Saumur, originally built as a castle and later developed as a château, is located in the Town of Saumur, Maine-et-Loire Department France