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The Château Royal D'Amboise, a royal castle built during the 15th and 16th centuries, has a

design deeply influenced by architectural styles popular in Italy during this period of history. Be sure to tour the Château's beautiful gardens, which also offer a fine view of the Loire Valley. For more information, see this link.Francis I, King of France in the early 15th century, became Leonardo da Vinci's patron and convinced him to move to Amboise where Leonardo spent the last years of his life.The Château's St. Hulbert Chapel contains the "official" grave of Leonardo da Vinci, but there is some mystery about the real location of his remains. Be sure to see the Clos-Lucé where Leonardo da Vinci lived out his last days. The Lower Floor of Clos-Lucé has recreations of many of Leonardo's inventions, but it is the simple warmth of his rooms that seem to impart something of this nature of this beloved genius. It is said that he carried the painting of the Mona Lisa in his belongings when he rode his donkey to Amboise from Italy.
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