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“Well worth a visit - take your time to enjoy the grounds and town of Amboise”
Review of Chateau d'Amboise

Chateau d'Amboise
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Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Amboise
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: With the dawning of the Renaissance, the mighty medieval fortress of Amboise gave way to a royal residence, during the reigns of the Kings of France Charles VIII and François I. The Court, a large number of men and women of letters and European artists, stayed here on invitation from the sovereigns, one example being Leonardo da Vinci who lies here in peace in the Château’s Chapel.This place of high renown in the History of France boasts an exceptional collection of Gothic and Renaissance furniture illustrating the artistic finery of the first French Renaissance. After a visit of the Royal House and the impressive Cavalry Towers, the walk continues in the magnificent panoramic gardens overlooking the Loire river.
Sydney, Australia
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“Well worth a visit - take your time to enjoy the grounds and town of Amboise”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

Chateau d'Amboise is not only attractive to the eye, it feels beautiful - the grounds, the perfect lawn, the garden with a team of gardeners tending to ensure its perfectly manicured, the little chapel where Leonardi Da Vinci is buried, its so much more than just the building.

The views from the different sides of the estate to the surrounding area are spectacular. You stand and overlook the homes and businesses that make up the town of Amboise and you can see the pride the people have in their town.

Visited September 2013
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“One of our favorite places in France!”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

We could not say enough about the Chateau d'Amboise. It has fascinating history, amazing views--it is one of the reasons we love Amboise so much!

Visited February 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“History,decline and beauty cannot mare this edifice”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

It should take the title of 'royal chateau of France' considering it is as sumptuous and extensive as Bloise or Fontainbleau.
Looking at the chateau from across the river,you first see the large cylinder, to the right of which , the tall mullioned windows and rich gothic dormers of the Charles VIII wing,stand out. To the left,the great retaining wall of what was once elaborate formal gardens.
Peeping over the ramparts you see the slender spire of the chapelle as you begin the approach up a ramp from the town which lands you on a terrace, from which there are wonderful vistas of the Loire and surrounding countryside.
Inside there are a number of refurbished and redecorated rooms,the best of which is the Salle des Etates,a gothic hall bearing elegance,warmth and finesse in the red brick walls and beautiful crisp white stonework.the vaults are carried by classic circular columns with octagonal bases. I love the hooded fireplace encrusted with fleurs-de-lis. Its like a royal robe.
History,decline,Huguenots,prison and bombardment in 1940 have taken their toll of this superb edifice. But in spite of this ,it remains a fab chateau to visit

Visited July 2013
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“another great treat.”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

So many beautiful chateau/castles.
This is the place that Leonardo Da Vinci died and was interred. There are many of Da vinci's works here.
A great location with fantastic views,
Good for hours of wandering and exploring.

Visited September 2013
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

I spent a half-day and two nights in Amboise. After unpacking at my hotel, I went directly to the château on a mild October afternoon. I found the 10.70 € admission reasonable given the attractive landscaping and upkeep of the site. I'd recommend a late-afternoon visit for two reasons: you'll find yourself sharing it with less people, and -- especially in autumn -- you'll have perfect light for photographing the stunning architecture.

If you find you have the Saint Hubert Chapel to yourself (or almost to yourself), visit that first. The tiny jewel of a chapel is the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci; the modern stained glass windows (1952, Max Ingrand) illustrate the life of King Louis (Louis IX) and lend a warm glow to the interior.

Your next order of business should be to soak up the sweeping views of both Amboise and the Loire from the Tour Garconnet. Turn around to capture a good shot of the exterior of the Saint Hubert Chapel.

Proceed to the Royal Lodge for a visit of its exterior. Be sure to have a visitors' guide to enhance your visit. (You can pay an additional charge for an audio guide tour, but I was perfectly content with my colorful printed guide.) Of note: the Council Chamber.

Following a visit of the lodge, do visit the Naples Terrace and ascend to the upper terrace for a lovely view back to both the lodge and the chapel. There are more landscaped gardens to the south of the terrace, as well as a bust of Leonardo before you exit.

If you're lucky, you might time your visit when hot air balloons silently drift over the grounds.

Visited October 2013
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