An hour from Paris, at the heart of the Val de Loire, the World Heritage sites of humanity, Amboise and Chambord, offer a destination rich in History. Three monuments, symbols of the Renaissance, the Royal Château of Amboise, the Château of Clos Lucé and the Château of Chambord, enable us to follow in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci invited to stay in France by François I.

In Amboise, at the Château of Clos Lucé, it is with renewed emotion that we visit his final residence and his inventions put on show in the park of the château. Three hundred metres from here is the Royal Château, headquarters for the Court of France, which during the Renaissance welcomed numerous artists, among whom was Leonardo da Vinci, buried here in Saint-Hubert’s chapel.

At the Château of Chambord, it is the expression of Royal power which we find in the style of architecture ordered by King François I, with the inspiration of the Italian master in terms of symmetry and technical innovations such as the "double spiral staircase".

Château of Chambord

in Chambord
www.chambord.org

Located 180 km south of Paris, Chambord is the real « Gateway to the Val de Loire ». The Château de Chambord offers you a visit of its 440 rooms, 282 chimneys, 77 staircases.., all a symbol and model of the Renaissance. Not to be missed: double spiral staircase, François I and Louis XIV’s apartments, the royal chapel, the terraces…

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Château du Clos Lucé

in Amboise
www.vinci-closluce.com

On the invitation of François I, Leonardo da Vinci comes to stay at the Château of Clos Lucé in Amboise. Here he works on numerous projects until he passes away on 2nd May 1519.The visit of his final dwelling place and its park will allow you to discover the major inventions of this Renaissance visionary

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Château d'Amboise

in Amboise
www.chateau-amboise.com

The medieval fortress of Amboise became a royal residence during the reigns of King Charles VIII and François I (late 15th-early 16th century). The Court and numerous European scholars and artists stayed at Amboise on the sovereign’s invitation; one example is Leonardo da Vinci who rests in peace in the château’s chapel.

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