Los castillos del Valle del Loira: El Castillo real de Amboise - Francia
Los castillos del Valle del Loira: El Castillo real de Amboise (Les Chateaux de la Loire, 2012)
Director: Jacques Vichet
Located in the heart of Touraine, along the Loire River, Amboise is overlooked by a plateau which hosts the imposing Chateau d'Amboise. Before being taken by the crown in 1434, the chateau was owned by the powerful Amboise Family. An ancient medieval fortress, the chateau became the royal residence during the Renaissance under the reign of Louis the 11th, Charles VIII and Francis I. With a gothic dwelling, Renaissance apartments, and even "Louis-Philippe" apartments, the Chateau opposes the Italian and French styles. Dismantled during the French Revolution, it was sold, one stone at a time. Now restored, it is a classified historical monument.