Royal castle of Amboise
The craddle of the Renaissance
The Chateau of Amboise, one of the first truly "royal” residences of its
kind, was built during the 15th and the 16th centuries on the orders of Charles
VIII, Louis XII and Franyois I. Following in the footsteps of the great kings
of France, you will discover a magnificent example of Gothic and Renaissance
architecture. Today, the chateau still houses an exceptional collection of furniture
which has been admirably preserved.
The final residence of Ieonardo da Vinci
It was at Amboise that Leonardo da Vinci lived out his last years. Thanks to
the king’s patronage, this remarkable genius was able to devote himself to his
final concerns and objects of study until his death on 2 May 1519. His body
now rests in the Chateau’s chapel of St Hubert, an elegant 15th century building
in the flamboyant Gothic style.
Panoramic gardens : a royal view
Dominating the city of Amboise, the gardens of the chateau offer one of the
most splendid views of the Loire Valley.