The Garden Landscape Guide

Chateau Amboise

The early renaissance castle garden as it exists today is very similar to the garden shown in the du Cerceau drawing of 1576. Before that, Amboise probably had a medieval herber. The castle is on a rocky plateau with spectacular views of the River Loire. As Henry James wrote in 1900: 'The platforms, the bastions, the terraces, the high-niched windows and balconies, the hanging gardens and dizzy crenellations, of this complicated structure, keep you in perpetual intercourse with an immense horizon'. Also see

Amboise, Centre, France, 37403

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  • almost 6 years by thoma 3 / 5

    Interesting castle. But you're missing " la pagode de Chanteloup" with its lake and gardens, 6 km far from there

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Amboise Garden Photograph © Pat Hartley
Chateau Amboise Garden, France Photograph © Pat Hartley
Chateau Amboise Garden Photograph © Pat Hartley