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Château du Clos Lucé, Amboise

Categories: Historic Sites, Landmarks, Museums, Tourist Spots
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Famous as the official residence of Leonardo da Vinci at the end of his life between 1516 and 1519, Château du Clos Lucé is now an interactive museum with forty models of visionary machines designed by Leonardo. You can experiment with Leonardo's inventions by steering his tank, paddling his boat, operating his fan-style machine gun, and spinning Archimedes' screw used to lift water.

Pick up a brochure in English and 14 other languages at the entrance that includes a map of the garden, the park, the château, and the countryside.

Discover the first automobile illustrated in Leonardo's innovative mechanical drawings and the machines he developed using his knowledge of botany and zoology. His studies of body mechanics inspire the workings of many of his machines. View his illustrations for flying machines that parallel modern technologies for helicopters, gliders, and propellers. Explore Leonardo's plan for a functioning city and his famous geometric drawing of a dodecahedron.

Enter Leonardo's universe in the park containing 20 huge interactive machines. Float around the lake in the boat Leonardo designed, walk along the paths with 40 oversized translucent canvases depicting diverse works, and walk across the two-level bridge Leonardo designed to reach his garden that brings his botanical drawings to life. Your children will love this fun exhibit so much they'll forget it's also educational. Using our custom trip planner, Amboise attractions like Château du Clos Lucé can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The last residence of Leonardo Da Vinci is barbara. Have your room Chapel atelier designs for your workouts. Has a fantastic video. Shows kitchen and living room and a lounge with all the inventions of Leonardo with explanations and videos of each gadget. He was a genius. The garden is wonderful and tb contains replicas of his inventions. Not to be missed!!
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  • Dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci and his many talents, this mansion offers a beautiful discovery. Surrounded by a beautiful park, he would like to spend a nice family day
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  • Fine estate hidden in the heart of the town of Amboise with lovely retrace the life of Leonardo da Vinci as well as a beautiful garden to visited the days of good weather or found the most popular inventions.
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  • I first thought €15 per ticket was a little steep, but it was actually completely worth it. Very well laid out glimpse into the life and mind of one of history's great geniuses. Do not miss the garden with full-scale models of Leonardo's inventions and ghostly prints of his paintings hanging among the tree branches. Could spend the whole day here.
  • Beautiful and interesting gardens (didn't get a chance to go in the château). The galettes and crepes in the café were very nice, too!
  • Great trip to see where Da Vinci spent the last few years of his life. The chateau itself is pretty but not spectacular. The gardens were nice. What really makes Clos Lucé worth the visit are the models of Da Vinci's inventions. Using Da Vinci's sketches, IBM has produced models of many of his designs and inventions. I knew Da Vinci was a brilliant inventor and the epitome of the "renaissance man", but I had no actual idea how broad of a spectrum he had worked in. Truly brilliant. Inspiring visit, especially for those who like to tinker and create. Hands down, recommended.
  • It was all nice.. EXCEPT... the river, it was drying up due to the owner moving the river around and tons of fish were dying and struggling in the mud! Please keep the river flowing naturally!!!
  • Go not necessarily for the chateau, but for a glimpse into Da Vinci's mind. Seeing his work in real working models brought alive his genius. Inspiring visit.
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