Last week we took a break in France, only to discover by chance one of the most incredible piece of timber framing I have had the pleasure to experience. The local Chateau (Castle) was built in ~1534 and is a fine piece renaissance architecture.  It fell to a ruin for a fair length of time, but fortunately some of the finer parts remain.

What really overwhelmed me was a very early reciprocating floor design, in the third floor of the tower.  At this period this style of flooring was very ambitious, but clearly it works.

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The next floor up this astonishing conical roof:

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