The residence of kings and the resting place of their codebreakers
This walking tour visits the Royal Chateau of Amboise and the Eglise Saint Denis. The chateau is a well known architectural and historical gem which dominates the small picturesque town. The nearby Saint Denis's Church houses some extraordinary funerary monuments, whose true history is not widely known, even by the locals. The two places make an exceptional day out and can easily be done as a day trip from Paris or Tours.
We will begin by visiting the Chateau of Amboise, home to many of the medieval French Kings, Queens and their royal children. The chateau battlements provide a superb view over the River Loire and the picturesque town of Amboise. Inside the chateau is richly furnished, with a particularly good collection of French Renaissance furniture. I'll tell the stories of the various royal occupants, their triumphs and sorrows, births and deaths in this historic place. Because my background is in the care and management of historic sites I will also talk about the behind the scenes aspects of running the chateau.
Later we will walk through the town and up the hill to Saint Denis's Church where we will find some extraordinary funerary monuments belonging to royal courtiers. I will tell you the fascinating background to these expressive sculptures. The church is medieval and I will point out some amusing carvings typical of the era, as well as some nice 19th century additions.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: If you are already in Amboise or drive to Amboise I will meet you at the bottom of the entrance ramp to the Chateau (opposite Bigot's pastry shop). I will be holding a greeting board with your name on it.
Duration: 4 hours
This is a walking tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
12 euros - Entry fee to the chateau is about 12 euros per person.