A witness of the French history

Built on top of a cliff overlooking the Loire, the royal château of Amboise guards the city with great majesty. From the middle Ages to the 19th century through the golden age of the Renaissance, it impersonates more than any other monument the great French history. Home to the king Charles VIII and queen Anne de Bretagne, it also witnessed the extraordinary rise of a young boy with exceptional destiny: Francois I. King in 1515, he made of Amboise one of his main residences. There he pleasured the Court with unbelievable parties, imagined by a world-renown maestro: Leonardo da Vinci. The Saint Hubert chapel, a jewel of Gothic architecture, still preserves today the tomb of the greatest artist in the world history.

Château royal d'Amboise


Gardens with a nice Mediterranean perfume 

The gardens, with their nice Italian and Mediterranean smells, open onto an amazing panorama. They are listed as a World Heritage by the UNESCO. The jardin de Naples were designed by Italian master gardener Dom Pacello da Mercogliano. They roll out their green carpet from the dwelling to a wonderful bed of box trees. The jardins d’Orient, planted on the heights of the estate, are a tribute to Emir Abd El Kader and his companions. Therefore, they invite the visitor to remembrance and contemplation.

The Royal Chateau of Amboise was awarded the certification “Remarkable garden”, for the quality of its garden and his efforts towards the presentation to the public.



An enchantment of lights

Each summer, the gardens and walls of the royal château illuminate and sound with the shots of harquebuses and sword fights! Admire the historical light show La Prophétie d’Amboise, directed by awarded-director Damien Fontaine. Played by nearly 200 costumed volunteers, it reenacts the great hours of the reign of king Francois I within the most magnificent setting of the Renaissance.

Sound & Light show Amboise Loire Valley

Find out more
Château Royal d’Amboise
Montée de l’Emir Abd el Kader,
37400 Amboise
Tél : 02 47 57 00 98


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