Final step of our little trip, the Clos Lucé, at Amboise, which was Leonardo da Vinci last residence.
Clos Lucé a was built in 1471 in replacement of a 12th century castle. Charles VIII purchased it in 1490, and belongs to the Kings of France during 200 years. 400m far away from the Amboise Castle, it became a summer residence for the kings. François 1er and his sister Marguerite de Navarre lived here when they were young.
But the most famous inhabitant was Leonardo da Vinci, invited by François 1er in 1516. Mais le principale habitant des lieux fut bien sur Léonard de Vinci, invité à résider en France par François 1er, il s’installe au Clos Lucé en 1516. Under protection of the king and his sister Marguerite de Navarre, he was free to waork as he want for the last three years of his life.
The first room is Leonardo’s room. He worked here, and he also died in this room, in 1519. He was 67 years old.
Close to Leonardo’s room, Marguerite de Navarre’s room. It’s a Renaissance style bedroom.
Downstairs, we can see the Oratory of Anne de Bretagne, a chapel built by Charles VIII for his queen, who can pray here for her lost childrens.
After passing through 18th century rooms, we enter the Renaissance Great Hall, where Leonardo welcomed numerous visitors, like artists, ambassadors,and, of course, the King of France.
The castle visit end with the models rooms. Four rooms show us Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions with 40 models made by IBM using original design and materials from the period. 6 3D animation also explain how the machines should work.
After visiting the castle, it’s lunchtime, and it’s better with a beer. Let’s taste Leonardo beer !
Before leaving, we are going in the gardens, starting with Leonardo’s garden. Nature was his inspiration source, and this garden is here to pay homage.
We can also see a pigeon loft, built in the 15th century. It is square on the outside and octogonal on the inside, which contain 1000 pigeonholes.
In the park, we can also find many actionables reproductions af Leonardo da Vinci’s machines, if we’d like to try them.
For more informations, parctical or historical, view 3D animations or just prepare a visit, you can go to the site Clos Lucé official website.
And, as usual, all pictures are on the following diaporama