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1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Amboise
Amboise
(pronounced [ɑ̃bwaz]) is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire
Indre-et-Loire
department in central France. It lies on the banks of the Loire River, 27 kilometres (17 mi) east of Tours. Today a small market town, it was once home of the French royal court. The town of Amboise
Amboise
is also only about 18 kilometres (11 mi) away from the historic Château
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.

Contents

1 Population 2 Sights 3 History 4 International relations

4.1 Twin towns – Sister cities

5 Gallery 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Population[edit]

Historical population

Year Pop. ±%

1793 5,659 —    

1800 5,113 −9.6%

1806 5,097 −0.3%

1821 5,276 +3.5%

1831 4,613 −12.6%

1836 4,695 +1.8%

1841 4,715 +0.4%

1846 4,956 +5.1%

1851 4,762 −3.9%

1856 4,433 −6.9%

1861 4,570 +3.1%

1866 4,188 −8.4%

1872 4,216 +0.7%

1876 4,475 +6.1%

1881 4,167 −6.9%

1886 4,592 +10.2%

1891 4,480 −2.4%

1896 4,463 −0.4%

1901 4,538 +1.7%

1906 4,731 +4.3%

1911 4,660 −1.5%

1921 4,625 −0.8%

1926 4,483 −3.1%

1931 4,129 −7.9%

1936 4,236 +2.6%

1946 4,443 +4.9%

1954 6,736 +51.6%

1962 7,953 +18.1%

1968 8,625 +8.4%

1975 10,680 +23.8%

1982 10,857 +1.7%

1990 10,982 +1.2%

1999 11,461 +4.4%

2006 12,691 +10.7%

2009 12,505 −1.5%

Sights[edit] The city is famous for the Clos Lucé
Clos Lucé
manor house where Leonardo da Vinci lived (and ultimately died) at the invitation of King Francis I of France, whose Château
Château
d'Amboise, which dominates the town, is located just 500 m (1,640 feet) away. The narrow streets contain some good examples of timbered housing. Just outside the city is the Pagode de Chanteloup, a 44 m (144.4 feet) 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. A 20th-century fountain by Max Ernst
Max Ernst
stands in front of the market place. History[edit]

Timber-framed houses in Amboise.

Clovis I
Clovis I
(c. 466–511) and the Visigoths
Visigoths
signed a peace treaty of alliance with the Arvernians in 503, which assisted him in his defeat of the Visigothic kingdom in the Battle of Vouillé
Battle of Vouillé
in 507. Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc
passed through in 1429 on her way to Orleans to the Battle of Patay. The Amboise conspiracy
Amboise conspiracy
was the conspiracy of Condé and the Huguenots in 1560 against Francis II, Catherine de' Medici, and the Guises. The Edict of Amboise
Edict of Amboise
(1563) conceded the free exercise of worship to the Protestants. The Château
Château
at Amboise
Amboise
was home to Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, for much of her early life, being raised there at the French court of Henry II. She arrived in France
France
from Scotland in 1548, aged six, via the French king's favourite palace at Saint Germain en Laye near Paris, and remained in France
France
until 1561, when she returned to her homeland - sailing up the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh on 15 August that year.

Burial site of Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci
spent the last years of his life in Amboise. Some of his inventions are still there and have not been removed. Leonardo died in the arms of King Francis I,[1] and he was buried in a crypt near the Chateau d'Amboise. The house has lost some of its original parts, but it still stands today and has a beautiful overlook of the Loire River. Here was born in 1743 – Louis Claude de Saint-Martin
Louis Claude de Saint-Martin
French philosopher, known as Le Philosophe Inconnu. (d. 1803). Abd el Kader Ibn Mouhi Ad-Din
Abd el Kader Ibn Mouhi Ad-Din
(c. 1807–83) was imprisoned at the Château
Château
d'Amboise.

On the banks of the Loire River

International relations[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in France Twin towns – Sister cities[edit] Amboise
Amboise
is twinned with:

Boppard, Germany Fana, Mali Suwa (province of Nagano), Japan Vinci, Italy Baleni (province of Galati), Romania

Gallery[edit]

Amboise
Amboise
viewed from the Château
Château
d'Amboise

Château
Château
d'Amboise

Tour de l'Horloge (the Clock Tower).

Exterior shot of the Clos Lucé
Clos Lucé
Mansion

Château d'Amboise
Château d'Amboise
over Loire

Amboise
Amboise
(cityview from the castle)

Pagode de Chanteloup, built in 1775 by the Duke of Choiseul

See also[edit]

Communes of the Indre-et-Loire
Indre-et-Loire
department Colin Biart, 15th/16th-centuries French architect

References[edit]

INSEE commune file

^ http://www.lascarpublishing.com/leonardo/

External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Amboise.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Amboise.

Architecture of Amboise Monument Historique de la Loire : La Pagode Chanteloup Château
Château
Gaillard, Amboise

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Communes of the Indre-et-Loire
Indre-et-Loire
department

Abilly Ambillou Amboise Anché Antogny-le-Tillac Artannes-sur-Indre Assay Athée-sur-Cher Autrèche Auzouer-en-Touraine Avoine Avon-les-Roches Avrillé-les-Ponceaux Azay-le-Rideau Azay-sur-Cher Azay-sur-Indre Ballan-Miré Barrou Beaulieu-lès-Loches Beaumont-en-Véron Beaumont-Louestault Beaumont-Village Benais Berthenay Betz-le-Château Bléré Bossay-sur-Claise Bossée Le Boulay Bourgueil Bournan Boussay Braslou Braye-sous-Faye Braye-sur-Maulne Brèches Bréhémont Bridoré Brizay Bueil-en-Touraine Candes-Saint-Martin Cangey La Celle-Guenand La Celle-Saint-Avant Céré-la-Ronde Cerelles Chambon Chambourg-sur-Indre Chambray-lès-Tours Champigny-sur-Veude Chançay Chanceaux-près-Loches Chanceaux-sur-Choisille Channay-sur-Lathan La Chapelle-aux-Naux La Chapelle-Blanche-Saint-Martin La Chapelle-sur-Loire Charentilly Chargé Charnizay Château-la-Vallière Château-Renault Chaumussay Chaveignes Chédigny Cheillé Chemillé-sur-Dême Chemillé-sur-Indrois Chenonceaux Chezelles Chinon Chisseaux Chouzé-sur-Loire Cigogné Cinais Cinq-Mars-la-Pile Ciran Civray-de-Touraine Civray-sur-Esves Cléré-les-Pins Continvoir Cormery Coteaux-sur-Loire Couesmes Courçay Courcelles-de-Touraine Courcoué Couziers Cravant-les-Côteaux Crissay-sur-Manse La Croix-en-Touraine Crotelles Crouzilles Cussay Dame-Marie-les-Bois Descartes Dierre Dolus-le-Sec Draché Druye Épeigné-les-Bois Épeigné-sur-Dême Esves-le-Moutier Esvres Faye-la-Vineuse La Ferrière Ferrière-Larçon Ferrière-sur-Beaulieu Fondettes Francueil Genillé Gizeux Le Grand-Pressigny La Guerche Les Hermites Hommes Huismes L'Île-Bouchard Jaulnay Joué-lès-Tours Langeais Larçay Lémeré Lerné Le Liège Lignières-de-Touraine Ligré Ligueil Limeray Loches Loché-sur-Indrois Louans Le Louroux Lublé Lussault-sur-Loire Luynes Luzé Luzillé Maillé Manthelan Marçay Marcé-sur-Esves Marcilly-sur-Maulne Marcilly-sur-Vienne Marigny-Marmande Marray Mazières-de-Touraine La Membrolle-sur-Choisille Mettray Monnaie Montbazon Monthodon Montlouis-sur-Loire Montrésor Montreuil-en-Touraine Monts Morand Mosnes Mouzay Nazelles-Négron Neuil Neuillé-le-Lierre Neuillé-Pont-Pierre Neuilly-le-Brignon Neuville-sur-Brenne Neuvy-le-Roi Noizay Notre-Dame-d'Oé Nouans-les-Fontaines Nouâtre Nouzilly Noyant-de-Touraine Orbigny Panzoult Parçay-Meslay Parçay-sur-Vienne Paulmy Pernay Perrusson Le Petit-Pressigny Pocé-sur-Cisse Pont-de-Ruan Ports Pouzay Preuilly-sur-Claise Pussigny Razines Reignac-sur-Indre Restigné Reugny La Riche Richelieu Rigny-Ussé Rillé Rilly-sur-Vienne Rivarennes Rivière La Roche-Clermault Rochecorbon Rouziers-de-Touraine Saché Saint-Antoine-du-Rocher Saint-Aubin-le-Dépeint Saint-Avertin Saint-Bauld Saint-Benoît-la-Forêt Saint-Branchs Saint-Christophe-sur-le-Nais Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire Sainte-Catherine-de-Fierbois Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine Saint-Épain Saint-Étienne-de-Chigny Saint-Flovier Saint-Genouph Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne Saint-Hippolyte Saint-Jean-Saint-Germain Saint-Laurent-de-Lin Saint-Laurent-en-Gâtines Saint-Martin-le-Beau Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil Saint-Nicolas-des-Motets Saint-Ouen-les-Vignes Saint-Paterne-Racan Saint-Pierre-des-Corps Saint-Quentin-sur-Indrois Saint-Règle Saint-Roch Saint-Senoch Saunay Savigné-sur-Lathan Savigny-en-Véron Savonnières Sazilly Semblançay Sennevières Sepmes Seuilly Sonzay Sorigny Souvigné Souvigny-de-Touraine Sublaines Tauxigny Tavant Theneuil Thilouze Thizay Tournon-Saint-Pierre Tours La Tour-Saint-Gelin Trogues Truyes Vallères Varennes Veigné Véretz Verneuil-le-Château Verneuil-sur-Indre Vernou-sur-Brenne Villaines-les-Rochers Villandry La Ville-aux-Dames Villebourg Villedômain Villedômer Villeloin-Coulangé Villeperdue Villiers-au-Bouin Vou Vouvray Yzeures-sur-Creuse

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