National Geographic : 1930 Oct
BEAUTY, HISTORY, AND ROMANCE ENRICH THE CHATEAU COUNTRY BEAUTY AND BRAINS HAVE SHED LUSTER ON CHENONCEAUX For centuries a pageant of famous names has been connected with this old castle on the Cher. Diana of Poitiers, Catherine de' Medici, Tasso, Mary Queen of Scots, Rousseau, and Voltaire-all played their parts in its history. © National Geographic Society Autochromes by Gervais Courtellenont ROYALTY TURNED A HUNTING LODGE INTO A PLEASURE PALACE To its former occupants, Chambord's great attraction was always the chase, and even to-day the hunting here is a preserve of the President of France. The estate comprises 21 square miles of forest land (see also Color Plate III).