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France: Amboise Castle & Château du Clos Lucé (home and tomb of Leonardo da Vinci)

About Leonardo da Vinci:

It is impossible to over-state the life of Leonardo da Vinci.  A man who never attended university, he was true “Renaissance Man”.  It almost sounds like an exaggeration; but he was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer.

Two of his paintings, the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper are among the most famous paintings in the world.

Insofar as inventions are concerned, some of his ideas were literally centuries ahead of their time:  his design for helicopters and parachutes, just to name two.

About Amboise Castle:

During the Renaissance, under the reign of King Charles VIII, and then under Louis XII and Francis I, Amboise Castle became the royal residence of the Kings of France. Many artists came to the Castle at the invitation of the sovereigns, perhaps most famously, Leonardo da Vinci.  His tomb is in the Chapel of Saint Hubert within the Castle. 

The Castle also features magnificent gardens, with creative planting in the herbaceous borders. According to tradition, a secret underground passage once linked the Château du Clos Lucé and the Château Royal d’Amboise, enabling the two men to meet on a daily basis. The first few meters of the gallery are still visible.

Leonardo da Vinci had relationships with three French Kings (Charles VIII, Louis XII and Francis I).

About Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise, France:

Château du Clos Lucé is Leonardo’s former home.  He passed away here on May 2, 1519 at the age of 67. It houses a small museum displaying working models of his designs.

Traveling to Amboise, France:

Amboise is located in the beautiful Loire Valley, about 14 miles from Tours.  There is frequent train service from Tours to Amboise Castle, a short 20 minute trip.

Address:  Rise of Emir Abd El Kader, 37400 Amboise

Tel:  +33/(0)2 47 57 00 98

email:  contact@chateau-amboise.com

Click here for the official website of Amboise Castle.

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