While it’s absolutely gorgeous, and was probably the original, formal entrance to Chateau d’Amboise, the Lion’s Gate entrance is closed to the public. Set in roughly the center of the gardens of Chateau d’Amboise, today the gate is used as a service entrance for the gardens.
Being intentionally ignorant of the access interdit sign (which was also clearly marked with the words “no entrance” in English), my better half and I took advantage of a small window of opportunity when the gate was opened to cross over to the other side. We were quickly shooed back over to the right side of the castle wall by some gardeners on a four-wheeler, but not before snapping this unique shot of the Lion’s Gate entrance from the forbidden side. It may be one of my favorite shots of the exterior of the castle.
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