Visit Real-Life Locations That Inspired Disney Princess Castles

Chateau de Chambord, Loir-Et-Cher, France 

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If you’ve seen the animated film, you’ll probably see similarities between these two magical fortresses. 

Chateau de Chambord in France is the inspiration behind the Beast’s residence and one of the most recognized chateaus in the world. 

What makes this castle so popular? It has distinctive French Renaissance architecture and was built under the order of Francis I. 

Apparently, beyond Renaissance influence, Italian architect Domenico da Cortona contributed to the design, and rumors of Leonardo da Vinci’s involvement circulate as well.