Why did the royal castle of Amboise become the refuge of the kings of France? Amboise was the best protected place in the whole kingdom of France. Being a royal fort, Amboise Castle was thus a real place of refuge for sovereigns who felt threatened.
What famous man was buried near the royal castle of Amboise? In 1516, François 1er invited Leonardo da Vinci to live at Clos-Lucé, a mansion near Amboise Castle. The famous painter succumbed to his illness on May 2, 1519 and was buried in the chapel of the castle in accordance with his wishes.