The château through the centuries

The Royal Château of Amboise site has undergone huge transformations through the centuries. Recently collected scientific data have enabled us to recreate the château in all its forms, from the Middle Ages to today.

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Travel through time
Les Seigneurs d'Amboise avant 1431
The Lords of Amboise before 1431
Le château au temps de Louis XI
The château in the time of Louis XI
Le château au temps de Charles VI
The château in the time of Charles VI
Le château au temps de Charles VI
The château in the time of Charles VI
Le château au temps de Louis-Philippe
The château in the time of Louis-Philippe
Château actuel
The château today

A 3D recreation area, recently created in the château’s orangery, enables visitors to understand the importance of this monument, the major construction of which began in the late 15th century, under the reign of Charles VIII. Thus, they can learn that, contrary to what was believed in the 19th century, 75% of the château built during his reign survives today.

The château’s illustrious guests

Click on the portraits to discover the guests’ biographies.

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Clovis Ier

Foulques III
(Around 970-1040)

Philippe Auguste

The Amboise-Chaumont Lords

Charles VII

Louis XI

Charlotte of Savoie

Anne of France

Isabelle I
Queen of Castile and Léon

Jeanne of France

Charles VIII

Margaret of Austria

Anne of Brittany


Louis XII

Bernardino da Brescia

Luca Vigeno

Guido Mazzoni

Domenico Bernabei Da Cortona

Dom Pacello da Mercogliano

Fra Giovanni Giocondo
(1433-C. 1515)

Andrea Solario

Louise of Savoie

François Ier

Marguerite of Angoulême

Claude of France

Leonardo da Vinci

Andrea del Sarto

Jean Stuart
( Fin XVè S.-1551)

Robert III de La Marck
(1491- 1535)

Ulrich von Hutten

Franz von Sickingen
(1481 - 1523)

Lorenzo II de Medici

Madeleine de la Tour d'Auvergne

Connetable (Constable) de Bourbon

Madame de Chateaubriant

Cardinal de Boisy

Cardinal of Bourges

Henri 1er d'Albret
King of Navarre

Monsieur d'Alençon
(1489 - 1525)

Monsieur de Vendôme

John Stuart
(1481 – 1536)

Eleanor of habsburg and Austria

Anne Boleyn
(Around 1500-1536)

François de France

Charles of Habsbourg

Henri II

Catherine de Médicis

François II

Marie Stuart

François Ier of Lorraine

Charles of Guise
(1524- 1574)

Jean du Barry

François III Bouchard d'Aubeterre

Charles IX

Henri III

Marguerite of France

Henri IV

Louis XIII

Anne of Austria

Gaston of France

Louis XIV

Philippe V

Charles de Batz dit d'Artagnan
(Between 1611 et 1615-1673)

Nicolas Fouquet

Jean de La Fontaine

Étienne-François de Choiseul

Louis-Jean-Marie de Bourbon

Roger Ducos

Louise-Marie-Adélaïde d'Orléans

Louis-Philippe Ier

Emir Abd el-Kader

Napoléon III

Ferdinand-Philippe d'Orléans

Hélène of Mecklembourg-Schwerin

François d'Orléans

Henri d'Orléans

Françoise of Braganza

Henri d'Orléans


Son of the king of the Salian Franks of Tournai, ChildericIer (?/ 457/481), and grandson of Merovech (around 412/ 448/457), Clovis became head of his father’s small kingdom in 481. He rapidly conquered the bordering territories and unified a major part of the Frank kingdoms, putting an end to incursions by the Alemanni and Burgundians. In 503, he signed a temporary peace treaty with Alaric, the king of the Visigoths, in Amboise, on the Ile d’Or in the middle of the Loire (in front of the current château) on the border between the Frank and Visigoth kingdoms. After the death of their king, Alaric II (?/ 484/507), Clovis crossed this border with his army and launched an attack on the south of Gaul, then Visigoth territory. Clovis was also famous for his conversion to Christianity after the victory at Tolbiac in 496. Baptised by the bishop St Rémi (437-535), he made the future kingdom of France the “Church’s eldest daughter”.


Born around 970, FoulquesNerrawas the son of GeoffroyIer of Anjou (around 940-987). He succeeded the latter as the head of the county in 987. In a state of perpetual war with his neighbours, he besieged, pillaged and burnt his enemy’s towns, such as Angers in the year 1000 and Saumur in 1026. He was known in Amboise for having ordered the construction of the St. Florentin collegiate chapel and a count’s palace called ‘domicilium’ on the Château’s promontory (no longer there today).


In 1214, Philippe Auguste (1165/ 1180/1223) king ofFrance, moved into Touraine. The town of Amboise thus entered definitively into the French remit. The château was entrusted to the Amboise-Chaumont family, vassals of the king of France