Royal Château of Amboise, share the emotions of king!
Léonardo Da Vinci burial site
Palace of the kings of France during the Renaissance
Most beautiful panorama of the Loire Valley
Imagine a palace on a promontory above the Loire, and imagine the hanging gardens between heaven and earth … Amboise was one of the favorite sites of the kings of France when they transformed their country during the Renaissance period. Anne de Bretagne, François Ier or Léonard de Vinci (buried in the chapel of the castle), are familiar faces here which we rediscover through the HistoPad. A living castle open to nature, a haven of peace for more than 90 species of birds, Amboise also offers a 360 ° view of landscapes listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.
The Royal Loggia
The garden of the royal castle of Amboise covers just over 2 hectares. It is made up of two main parts: the terrace of Naples, the lines of which were designed by a Neapolitan landscape painter at the end of the 15th century and which was then the first “Italian-style” garden in the kingdom, and the contemporary garden, composed on the contours of the English-style park imagined by Louis-Philippe in the 19th century. Among the must-see places: the thousands of perfectly pruned boxwood balls and remarkable tree species.
Do not miss also to discover, from the belvedere, the conservatory of the mulberry tree recently created. We want to restore to the garden the spirit of pleasure that has always inhabited it throughout its history. All the lawns are thus accessible to you, in particular for your picnics. Maintained in an ecological way, the garden of the Château d’Amboise benefits from the “Jardin Remarquable” and “”Refuge ornithologique” LPO labels.
The St. Hubert chapel
Visible as you approach, the St. Hubert chapel is one of the architectural jewels of the Château of Amboise. Formerly a private oratory for the kings of France, it appears to be suspended above the town. The chapel houses magnificent decorative elements sculpted in ‘tuffeau’ limestone, the soft stone typical of the Loire Valley that enables the most delicate carving. Do not forget to look up at the building’s remarkable stained-glass windows.
In this setting, you can discover Leonardo da Vinci’s tomb. According to his expressed wishes, the Italian genius rests at Amboise for eternity. There is a chapel experience on the Histopad tablet.
Due to its ongoing restoration, access to the interior of the chapel is suspended from time to time. During these times, HistoPad tablets will allow you to discover and explore the building using augmented reality technology. These tablets, included in the entrance ticket to the castle, are given to you on your arrival.
The Royal Château of Amboise’s gardens stretch across just over two hectares. They are made up of two main sections. The Naples Terrace, with its layout inherited from the garden created for King Charles VIII in the 16th century, and the contemporary garden, created on the contours of the English park imagined by Louis-Philippe in the 19th century. Must-see elements include thousands of perfectly pruned boxwood balls and remarkable species of trees.
We want to restore to the gardens the spirit of pleasure they have held throughout history. Therefore, you can make full use of the lawns, in particular for your picnics. Awarded ‘Remarkable Garden’ status and designated a French League for the Protection of Birds reserve, the gardens at the Royal Château of Amboise are maintained with an eco-friendly approach.
The Royal Château of Amboise offers a unique view across the Loire Valley landscapes from its elevated position on the tip of a rocky outcrop. Make sure you visit the ramparts to discover, to the west, views over the town, and to the north and east, magnificent views over the river.
Presentation of the castle
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