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Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. It lies on the banks of the Loire River, 27km east of Tours. Today a small market town, it was once home of the French royal court. The town of Amboise is also only about 18km away from the historic Château de Chenonceau, situated on the Cher River near the small village of Chenonceaux. Its former name was Ambacia, from the old name of the river and marsh Amasse.SightsThe city is famous for the Clos Lucé manor house where Leonardo da Vinci lived (and ultimately died) at the invitation of King Francis I of France, whose Château d'Amboise, which dominates the town, is located just 500m away. The narrow streets contain some good examples of timbered housing.Just outside the city is the Pagode de Chanteloup, a 44m tall Chinese Pagoda built in 1775 by the Duke of Choiseul. The Pagoda is seven levels high, with each level slightly smaller than the last one. An interior staircase to reach all levels is open to the public.The Musée de la Poste (in the Hôtel Joyeuse) is a museum tracing the history of the postal delivery service.Amboise is in Indre-et-Loire. Whether you only want to go to Amboise, or have a whole adventure planned, Inspirock has you covered with our user-friendly France trip maker tool .
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