Clos Luce – Leonardo da Vinci’s castle and gardens from France

Clos LuceLeaving behind the giant Chambord castle, we stopped in Amboise, famous for Amboise Castle -containing the tomb of Da Vinci and for Clos Luce- a small castle where Leonardo Da Vinci spent the last 3 years of his life.

As the distance between the 2 castles is just 500 meters it was very easy to see both of them and wander a bit on the streets of Amboise.



Amboise

Amboise

Amboise street view

Amboise street view

Chateau d'Amboise

Chateau d’Amboise

Clos Luce

Clos Luce

 

Inside Clos Luce

  Clos Luce seemed very modest for a genius like da Vinci, but it was a good place to work and rest. Our visit began with the interior of this small “castle” and continued with the gardens. We saw Leonardo’s bedroom, his workplace, the kitchen and the four basement rooms containing Leonardo’s inventions.

The study room from da Vinci

The study room from da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci's bed

Leonardo da Vinci’s bed

The inventions room at Clos Luce

The inventions room at Clos Luce

The inventions room at Clos Luce

The inventions room at Clos Luce

Exhibition hall from Clos Luce

Exhibition hall from Clos Luce

Exhibition hall from Clos Luce

Exhibition hall from Clos Luce

The inside of  the castle was very crowded, we saw many groups of children and private groups with guide. We tried to pay attention to what they were saying, but they were all talking French, so we didn’t understand much.

 The house had an underground passage linking Clos Luce to the Royal Château d’Amboise. The vaulted entrance of the passage was supposed to be seen in the cellar of the residence…but we didn’t see it so we continued our visit with the gardens.



Leonardo da Vinci’s gardens

 The gardens bring everyone one step closer to Leonardo’s world. All over the gardens you can hear the actual thoughts of Da Vinci, regarding the human body, flying and painting . Too bad these sayings were only in French. You could almost see the artist relaxing on some bench and thinking about some invention or painting.

 

Parc da Vinci

Parc da Vinci

Parc Leonardo da Vinci

Parc Leonardo da Vinci

Da Vinci's double deck bridge

Da Vinci’s double deck bridge

Landscape garden Clos Luce

Landscape garden Clos Luce

Clos Luce

Inside the garden of Da Vinci

Double deck bridge

Double deck bridge

Clos Luce garden

Clos Luce garden

Clos Luce garden

Clos Luce garden

Paintings and models exhibition at Clos Luce

Paintings and models exhibition at Clos Luce

We spent a few hours in the garden and continued our visit with Amboise Castle, because we also wanted to see Da Vinci’s tomb. You’ll see more on that story in our next article.



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