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The Royal castle of Amboise: In the Middle Ages, Amboise was in a strategic position looking over one of the few bridges that allowed people to cross the Loire. The Counts of Anjou owned a keep that was confiscated by Charles VII in 1434 after an attempt. The chateau then became King's property. The Valois and Bourbons honored Amboise with their presence until the Revolution. In 1821, the chateau was passed on to Louis-Philippe by his mother, and remained as part of the heritage of the Maison de France. Amboise Chateau now belongs to the Fondation Saint-Louis, which is run by the Count of Paris, who ensures the conservation of this historic building.
The Chapel of St. Hubert: Situated within the area of the king-castle. In this chapel is the last resting-place of Leonardo da Vinci. Originally Leonardo was buried in the heart of the king-castle, in the cloister of the church Saint Florentin. But after the destruction of the church and parts of the castle, Leonardo's mortal remains were transferred to the chapel of St. Hubert.
final residence of Leonardo da Vinci
It was at Amboise that Leonardo do Vinci lived out his last years. Thanks to the King's patronage, this remarkable genius was able to devote himself to his final concerns and objects of study until his death on 2 May 1519. His body now rests in the Chateau's chapel of St Hubert, a elegant 5th Century building in the flamboyant Gothic style.
a royal view
Dominating the city of Amboise, the gardens of the Chateau offer one of the most splendid view of the Loire Valley.
Contents & photo: extract from a brochure of Chateau Amboise.