Within 3km (1 3/4 miles) of the base of Amboise’s château, this brick-and-stone building was constructed in the 1470s. Bought by Charles VII in 1490, it became the summer residence of the royals and also served as a retreat for Anne de Bretagne, who, according to legend, spent a lot of time praying and meditating. Later, François I installed “the great master in all forms of art and science,” Leonardo himself. Da Vinci lived here for 3 years, until his death in 1519. Today the site functions as a small museum, where you can step back into the life and imagination of da Vinci. The manor contains furniture from his era; examples of his sketches; models for his flying machines, bridges, and cannon; temporary exhibits; and an annual Renaissance musical festival late September (a nod to da Vinci’s musical talents).
Château du Clos-Lucé
2 rue de Clos-Lucé
Our Rating Hours Daily Jan 10am–6pm; Feb–June 9am–7pm; July–Aug 9am–8pm; Sept–Oct 9am–7pm; Nov–Dec 9am–6pm Phone 02-47-57-00-73 Prices Admission 15.50€ adults; 11.50€ students; 11€ children 6–18; 43€ family ticket (2 adults, 2 children); free for children 6 and under Web site Château du Clos-Lucé
Map2 rue de Clos-Lucé Amboise
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