Location: Loire Valley
Amboise was first part of the possessions of the counts of
Anjou. and then belong to the famous house of Amboise From 1431 on the castle
belonged to the Crown. The chateau d'Amboise was no longer a fortress but
a royal residence and Amboise became the residence of the queen and her
children. Catherine de Medici loved Amboise and lived there. The queen,
who died there in 1483, was always surrounded by a large court as befitted her
rank. She has almost 150 persons at her service.
The two spiral turrets, the Minimes tower and the Hurtault tower,
were important architectural innovations.
As for the decoration, it was originally of French inspiration but
latter profited from the collaboration of the Flemish artists and, after
the return of the Italian expedition of 1495, of Italian artists. The
furnishings were luxurious, Flemish and French tapestries, Damask curtains
and Turkish carpets.
View of the royal apartments from the garden.
||The Hall of the State General, Henry II's Great quantities
of stone were brought in to complete the buildings.
The In1974 the
Saint-Louis Foundation took over the administration of the castle and now continues
to carry out the restoration which was began at the end of the last war.
|Matthieu, 16, from USA, wrote:
|I love Amboise why first thing I was born there in
the village and the town is so pretty I love the whole medieval feeling
of it so go to Amboise.
|Joe, 19, from Texas, wrote:
|This was a very bone chilling castle. Once you
walked into the house it was like going back into time. You thought
about what went on and how stuff happened. When you here the stories
that went on there, and you start to recognize its real beauty! this
place was a wonderful experience!!!! I highly recommended it! has nice
view of the town and the pond/lake thing.
|Nicole Landau, 13, from Paris, FR. wrote:
|My family and I traveled from Paris to Ambois Castle
and fell in love. We stayed with the Saint-Brises in the lovely castle
itself, for my parents are acquaintances of theirs. I was absolutely
dumbfounded with the architecture and amazing detailed materials used in
all the halls and rooms. I stayed my night in the prince's chamber, and
I couldn't' get to sleep at all because of the whispers and rushes of
cold coming in from the nursery and halls! Incredible paranormally
active presences graced my chamber and my sister's. This however added
so much fun to my visit, for I went back in time. I loved it, and
recommend this highly to everyone.
|Bonny, 18, from Australia, wrote:
|Walking down to Amboise Castle from da Vinci's home,
Clos Luce, is a dream. The castle is a strange structure, quite
bitsy and unpredictable. The royal apartments inside are gorgeous,
and contain several tapestries and pieces of original furniture.
It is a very quiet, calm place, and I can imagine that the anecdotes of
haunting are quite true. The castle's chapel, da Vinci's resting
place, is intimate and lovely; the frieze of animals over its doorway is
splendid. A vast view over the river is offered from the
battlements behind, and another of the township from the walls at the
front. There is a delicious patisserie and confectionary shop
across the road.
|Suzanne Hromada, 32,from New York, wrote:
|Amboise was stunning. Perched above the city
this castle's design has many unique features. There is an
enclosed exit/entryway that is in a spiral form without the stairs- just
a smooth stone walkway spiraling downward. In medieval times this
was used for people that were on horseback, making it much easier on the
horses to travel up & down to the castle. When walking down
it, I noticed on the walls, as in so many other castles, medieval
Graffiti! Peoples names written with dates such as 1561, etc.
|Liliana Ramos, 20, from Mexico, wrote:
|I think this Castle is a dream for people who love
medieval life or who think they have been there before, maybe in another
life. Creo que este Castillo es un sueño para quienes aman la edad media o
quienes creen haber estado ahí antes, tal vez... en otra vida.
|Marcel Vincent, 16, from USA, wrote:
| It was a very magnificent castle, though it
had allot of supernatural activity. I thought it was haunted.
|Sam, from Midwest USA, wrote:
| I love Amboise, the grounds, and the town it
sits within. There is much to see within walking distance,
including Clos Luce, the home of Leonardo Da Vinci before he moved into
Da Vinci's tomb is on the castle grounds. From the top of the
horseman's tower of Amboise you can see much of the town of Amboise, it
|Courtney McNair, 16, from Texas, USA, wrote:
| I believe that the Amboise Castle definitely
has a certain creepy air looming around it (metaphorically...). Due to
the massacre in the medieval times, Amboise Castle is home to many tales
of horror and revenge.
|J.D.Burleson, 21, from USA, wrote:
| I think this castle is very interesting in
it's own way. It has a certain gothic look about it that no other castle
in France does. The only reason I don't like the castle is because it is
right near the town and there is not a lot of privacy.
|Elisha Lawrence, 15, from USA wrote:
| I think this castle is very unique and
interesting. The scenic view looks very pretty.
|William Buchan, 15, from England wrote:
|This castle is owned by the Saint-Brise family. It is a very
interesting castle where Leonardo Di Vinci lived at a point in his life
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