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On a rocky spur above the town, the medieval château was rebuilt in 1492 by Charles VIII, the first in France to reflect the Italian Renaissance.

You enter on a ramp that opens onto a panoramic terrace fronting the river. At one time, buildings surrounded this terrace, and fetes took place in the enclosed courtyard. The castle fell into decline during the Revolution, and today only about a quarter of the once-sprawling edifice remains. You first come to the Flamboyant Gothic Chapelle de St-Hubert, distinguished by its lacelike tracery and where you can visit the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci, who died in Amboise. Tapestries cover the walls of what's left of the château's grandly furnished rooms, which include Logis du Roi (King's Apartment). The vast Salle du Conseil, bookended by a Gothic and a Renaissance fireplace, was once the venue of the lavish fêtes designed da Vinci. Exit via the Tour des Minimes (also known as the Tour des Cavaliers), noteworthy for its ramp up which horsemen could ride. The other notable tower is the Heurtault, which is broader than the Minimes, with thicker walls.