The château of Amboise ( Visit: 1h )
A royal dwelling
Built on a limestone cliff overlooking the town, a lot of fortifications and defensive fortresses were built there since the gallo-roman era. In the XVIth century, it became the royal dwelling of kings Charles the VIIIth, Louis the XIIth and François the Ist. These three kings made a lot of changes in the architecture, expanding and embellishing the chateau, and making the transition between the gothic period and the beginning of the Renaissance.