The French Kings Chateau dAmboise sits on the western end of the Loire, between Tours and Blois. The fully furnished apartments of the medieval fortress date back to the 15th century and Charles VIIIs reign, and there is plenty to see from royal portraits of the many monarchs who have stayed at the Chateau to the hidden underground passages. As a bonus, Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life here, invited by François I. He spent his time drawing and teaching during his time there, and was buried in the Saint Hubert chapel inside the Chateau grounds.
One of the first classical palaces built in France, it stands in the midst of a huge parkland on the edge of a forest. The chateau was not intended to be a permanent residence for the royal family and was often left empty. An architectural jewel, François I would show off Chambord to ambassadors and other dignitaries as a symbol of his power. The chateau contains some of the most beautiful tapestry collections preserved in France, as its vast rooms are perfect for hanging the large tapestries. When visiting Chambord, you can explore the staircases, terraces, galleries and great rooms and even if you spend a whole day there you will not see everything. And for the park, you are sure to discover its beauty any season you visit.
Here's a list of other related categories that you may wish to discover.news