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Visit the Château d'Amboise to see a hall of fine motifs and intricate windows and view the tomb of one of the world’s great thinkers. Walk through vast corridors of battle-ready weapons and break out into a serene garden with beautiful views of the river.
Approach the château and understand why it was seen as desirable by royals during the 13th century. Louis d'Amboise had possession of a smaller fort here until the mid 1400s. It was seized by Charles VIII who suspected Louis of plotting against the monarchy. Extensive remodeling took place at that time, although many of the Gothic and Renaissance features visible today were added much later.
Stand beneath the huge and imposing Minimes and Heurtault towers. Note that the castle never had the opportunity to utilize its immense defensive capabilities. Thick, stone turrets were constantly ready for battle, yet the most significant catastrophes to occur here were the kidnapping of Francis II in 1560 and the unlikely death of Charles VIII when he banged his head on a low door frame.
Wander through the long corridors. Notice that these were built extremely wide in order to allow knights to ride through on horseback. The walls are adorned with sharp axes and shining swords with suits of armor standing menacingly. Décor is modest throughout although the hall of drummers features a fine portrait of the house’s former owner along with an exquisite depiction of Anne of Brittany.
From here, go to the Chappelle St. Hubert, detached from the main building. The façade is decorated with intricate carvings and the chapel has a tall Gothic spire. Inside note the light shining through bright stained-glass windows. Here lies the tomb of the remarkable painter, sculptor and scientist Leonardo da Vinci, decorated simply with his death mask. King Francis 1 asked Da Vinci to Amboise and the artist lived there for 3 years before his death.
Visit Château d'Amboise in the town of Amboise, overlooking the Loire River. The château is open every day and has a small entry fee.
Located in the heart of Amboise, this historic hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Loire Valley and Château-Gaillard. Château d'Amboise and St. Denis Church are also within 15 minutes. Amboise Station is 15 minutes by foot.
This family-friendly Amboise hotel is located in a rural location, within 1 mi (2 km) of Mini-Chateaux Park and Clos Lucé Castle. Château d'Amboise and Château-Gaillard are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in the heart of Amboise, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Château d'Amboise and Clos Lucé Castle. Château-Gaillard and Mini-Chateaux Park are also within 3 mi (5 km). Amboise Station is 16 minutes by foot.
Situated in a rural location, this holiday park is within a 10-minute walk of Loire Valley and Château-Gaillard. Clos Lucé Castle and Château d'Amboise are also within 1 mile (2 km). Amboise Station is 26 minutes by foot.
Located in the heart of Amboise, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Loire Valley and Château-Gaillard. Clos Lucé Castle and St. Denis Church are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Situated in Amboise, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Loire Valley and Château-Gaillard. St. Denis Church and Clos Lucé Castle are also within 10 minutes. Amboise Station is 22 minutes by foot.
Situated in Amboise, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Loire Valley and Château-Gaillard. Clos Lucé Castle and St. Denis Church are also within 10 minutes. Amboise Station is 20 minutes by foot.
Located in the heart of Amboise, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Clos Lucé Castle and Château-Gaillard. Château d'Amboise and St. Denis Church are also within 15 minutes. Amboise Station is 22 minutes by foot.