One chateau down, seven more to go!  I’ve heard Clos Luce referred to as both a chateau and a manor.  The official website refers to Clos Luce as a chateau, so I will do the same from here on out.

Chateau du Clos Luce is just down the road from the Chateau d’Amboise in the Loire Valley town of Amboise, France.  It is perhaps most renowned for being the final residence of Leonardo da Vinci who lived there at the invitation of his friend, King Francois I.

While da Vinci passed away in the castle in 1519, the small salon pictured below remains as it did centuries later.  In the 18th century the Chateau du Clos Luce belonged to the d’Amboise family.  During the French Revolution, Henri-Michel d’Amboise skillfully saved his home from looting and destruction by quoting The Rights of Man.  The small salon photographed below shows the delicate elegance of that time.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this piece of history.


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Shutterbug Sage began as a 365 photo project.


Architecture, Castle, Photography, Travel


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