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The History of Amboise

Between the waters

Amboise, « Ambacia » in Latin means « between the waters ». The name of the town refers to its past and privileged geographical position: the plateau des Châteliers, overlooking the valleys of Rivers Loire and Amasse. The town developed thanks to the natural protection of the waters and the construction of a stronghold.

The city is home to several architectural masterpieces: the Royal Château built in the 15th and 16th centuries, the Château Clos Lucé, last home to Leonard da Vinci and the famous Chanteloup Pagoda, monument of Chinese inspiration.

As a royal city, it also hosted some famous characters who shaped the French history. Several kings have successively lived in the castle and ruled over the kingdom from the town : Charles VII, Louis XI, Charles VIII, main builder of Amboise and François I. Rich with history, it also hosted some of the greatest events in the history, such as the Affair of the Placards and the Amboise conspiracy.


« The 1000-wonders town »


Amboise also offers to stroll through a pedestrian area where you may find troglodytic houses. They were once used as tuff stone quarries. In the middle Ages, after having extracted tons of stones, these quarries were turned into houses. They are today typical of the Loire Valley.

Another specificity of Amboise is its connection to water: Rivers Loire and Amasse. In 2000, the Loire was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage as a « Cultural Landscape ». The surrounding little towns also hide some wonders.

Come and discover them on the Communaute de Communes website, with its 14 communes.

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