La Chapelle de St-Hubert, Amboise, France

It is really difficult to choose between the several chateaus when you have just one day in hand to tour. We chose the chateau of Amboise because of its prestigious association with Leonardo da Vinci. The Saint-Hubert chapel there houses the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci. He spent his last few years in this town Amboise and died on 2 May 1519.

From what I read about Leonardo da Vinci, he in his will had mentioned his desire to be buried in the Church of St. Florentin on the grounds of Château d’Amboise. That was done, however in mid 1800s the church was demolished. The workers there dug up this complete skeleton and pieces of stone chiseled with this great man’s name. The artist’s remains were then transferred to St-Hubert’s chapel.

“A well-filled day gives a good sleep. A well-filled life gives a peaceful death.”
— Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

As we entered the gates after a long climb we were bombarded with the sight of amazing landscapes. The grounds around are very creatively managed. The chapel stands elegant at a distance; the façade with grand sculpted works. The view of the town makes an amazing sight from these heights. “It is going to be another rainy day” I thought seeing the dark clouds looming low at the extreme end. There was a long journey ahead and this chateau of Amboise was just the first halt of the day!


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