Amboise, Royal Days

The Very Royal Days
Les journées tellement royales
Amboise Royal Castle, Amboise (Centre-Loire Valley region)

The Event

Amboise lies on the southern banks of the Loire River dominated by the imposing Château d'Amboise, at about 27 km from Tours, and 18 km from the historic Château de Chenonceau, in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Originally named Ambacia, from the old name of the river and marsh Amasse, the today small but elegant and convivial market town still keeps its characteristic narrow streets and timber-framed houses, and boasts an ancient history with settlements dating back to the Prehistory. Amboise’s landmark is the magnificent Château, one of most famous and beautiful among the castles of the Loire Valley. The castle built on a spur above the River Loire and its landscaped gardens offer one of the most remarkable panoramas of the Loire Valley, and are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Amboise was home of the French royal court during the reign of King Francis I of France (1494-1547), the son of Charles d'Orléans (1459-1496), Count of Angoulême, and the French noblewoman Louise of Savoy (1476-1531). Francis was a great patron of the arts, and started the French Renaissance by attracting many Italian artists. One of Francis' friend, the Italian polymath and humanist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) spent his last years at the Château du Clos Lucé, a small manor house with a beautiful overlook of the Loire River and connected by an underground passageway to the Château d'Amboise. Other famous historic characters linked to Amboise are Charles VIII “the Affable” (1470-1498), King of France from 1483 to 1498, and his sister Anne of France (1461-1522), a French princess who acted regent during Charles' minority, and became one of the most powerful women of late 15th century Europe. Finally, Mary Stewart, or Mary Stuart (1542-1587), Queen of Scotland from 1542 to 1567, spent much of her early life at the Château d’Amboise, where she arrived in 1549 aged six.

The Castle of Amboise hosts each year a series of events and initiatives dedicated to the French Renaissance period, such as the spectacle “At the court of King François I” that offers a unique experience to relive the glory and splendour of the Renaissance during two exceptional days through old pastimes, living history displays, falconry shows, crafts workshops, Renaissance dances demonstrations among the others.

The visitors can enjoy a wonderful time travel back to time of the reign of François I through a rich programme of leisure and educational initiatives for the whole family, including light and water games, fireworks, horse scenes, Renaissance dancing, masquerades, tableaux vivants of the period depicting scenes of court daily life, as well as royal festivities, fencing demonstrations and duels, music and theatre performances, ancient games of the period. The visitors can take part in calligraphy demonstrations many other workshops and live in activities specially tailored for adults and children, as well as in guided tours inside the castle and at the historical camps.

The Programme

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

Chateau Royal d'Amboise
Address: BP 371, F-37403 Amboise Cedex, France
Tel.: +33 (0)2 47570098 | Fax: +33 (0)2 47575223

Amboise City Council / Ville d'Amboise
Address: B.P. 247, 37402 Amboise Cedex, France
Tel.: +33 (0)2 47234723 | Fax: +33 (0)2 47231980

Tourist Office Val d’Amboise
Address: Quai du Général de Gaulle, 41400 Amboise, France
Tel.: +33 (0)2 47570928 | Fax: +33 (0)2 47571435

Image: © L. de serres via Obipop web / Chateau Royal d'Amboise
Text sources: Chateau Royal d'Amboise, Amboise City Council, Wikipedia


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