Nearby in Savigné is the prehistoric site The Caves of Chaffaud. This is where evidence of one of the first pieces of prehistoric art, a reindeer bone engraved with two hinds, was discovered in 1834. There is a museum of prehistory in the tourism centre. The old town is an interesting place for a wander with a camera. The Commanderie, while not open to visitors, is worth seeing.Read More
When Leonardo da Vinci set off on his three month arduous journey across the Alps from Italy to Amboise he was sixty-four and unwell.Read More
Leonardo taught himself Latin to read the books he needed for his research. Because he was illegitimate, he was barred from a formal education yet was the most widely read artist among his contemporaries.Read More
Although Leonardo’s remains are in Saint Hubert’s chapel in Château Amboise, this is not, in fact, where he was buried.
In his will drawn up by Monsieur Boreau, notary to the Royal Court (the law firm was still in business as late as 1885) Leonardo asked to be buried in the Church of Saint Florentin in Château Amboise.Read More
Leonardo invented the first humanoid robot in 1495 when the Duke of Milan asked him to come up with something special to impress his guests at the pageants he held in his castle.Read More
By the time Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte gave Château Amboise to Roger Ducos, one of his henchman, the ancient church of Saint Florentin was falling into decay.
Religion being very much out of favour with French Revolutionaries, Ducos ordered its demolition.Read More
The last time they saw each other was in 1499 in Italy, but by co-incidence Leonardo and his most loyal patron, Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, the Italians died in France just twenty-five miles from each other.Read More