Troglodytes are homes build into hillsides, taking advantage of the limestone that undergirds the Loire Valley to burrow residential caves underground. Amboise has numerous troglodytes along its main streets. I didn't get a chance to go into any of those - I don't how it would feel to live like a bat.
The Royal castle
Waking along the old railing used by the guards, you will arrive at the castle’s terraces. The view is great: the Loire, the walls, the castle and its gardens and…the town.
Both wings of the castle set out the transition between gothic and renaissance style.
The interior often disappoints its visitors but its rich and bloody past gives it an haunted aura.
St. Hubert's Chapel - Royal Chateau
This small chapel was built in the late 15th C on the foundations of an earlier oratory. Its main claim to fame now is that it houses the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci. It is not overly impressive inside, but I found the outside quite stunning. The chapel is dedicated to St. Hubert, patron saint of hunting. The photo is of a carving above the entrance which I found very appealing its intricate detail of the hunt.
Amboise from Sentry Walk
The castle balcony is often called "the conspirators' balcony" in memory of the religious wars and of the conspiracy of Amboise that took place around 1560. This conspiracy was instigated for the purpose of eliminating the Guise family, adversaries of Protestants, who were very powerful in the court.
From the castle balcony you can see the lovely Loire river and many different views of the town of Amboise.
Château du Clos-Lucé: The Chapel
“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
— Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The ground floor chapel of Anne de Bretagne, the spouse of Charles VIII, served this queen, not at least to mourn her children, who had died at an early age but also to escape the turbulence of life at Court. The fresco over the door is called the “Madonna of the Light,” because her feet rest on a half circle of light. In Latin she is called “Virgo Lucis.”
The Virgin of the Light is one of three 16th century frescoes in the Royal Chapel at Clos-Lucé. All three were painted by Francesco Melzi, Leonardo’s favorite. Other frescos in the chapel are “The Annunciation” and “The Assumption.”
In da Vinci’s will, which was drawn up by Maître Guillaume Boreau, Notary of the Royal Court, he left all his books, his painting paraphernalia and his drawings to Melzi
The Château is open daily all year round (except 25.December and 1.January). Times: January, 10am-6pm; February-June, 9am-7pm; July-August, 9am-8pm; September-October, 9am-7pm; November-December, 9am-6pm