Thursday, September 29, 2016

Day 11 April 23, 2016 Amboise, France

This morning we toured the Renaissance style of Château d' Amboise. This former Medieval castle was remodeled in the Renaissance to a Royal residence. The Gothic chapel contains the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci's last home. We also discovered the Château du Clos Luce, Leonardo da Vinci's last home. Here during the final years of his life he completed some of his most treasured works, The Mona Lisa, The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, and the Saint John the Baptist. 

Afterwards we had free time for lunch on our own, before continuing on to the Château de Chenonceau. This truly spectacular Château and former watermill that spans the Cher Rive, was turned into a palace by the French King Francis 1st for his Mistress Diane de Poitier.



Château d' Amboise built in the late 9th century


The Gothic chapel contains the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci.


the resting place

Now photos of the inside of the Château d' Amboise!




inside of gabled windows


furniture that dates back hundreds of years


beautiful fireplace mantle

ballroom



view out one of the windows





the music



the rooftop to see the gardens


a stairwell


another beautiful window



I don't think Leonardo is too happy with me sitting there! He was a guest of King Francis 1st in Château d' Amboise in December 1515. He used an underground tunnel to get to and from Château du Clos Luce, which we will tour next in the blog.