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Amboise
Amboise, street near the castle
Amboise, street near the castle
Coat of arms of Amboise
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Coordinates: 47°24′15″N 0°58′48″E / 47.4042°N 00.98°E / 47.4042; 00.98Coordinates: 47°24′15″N 0°58′48″E / 47.4042°N 00.98°E / 47.4042; 00.98
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Department Indre-et-Loire
Arrondissement Loches
Canton Amboise
Intercommunality Val d'Amboise
Area
1
40.65 km2 (15.70 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)
13,371
 • Density 328.93/km2 (851.92/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
37003 /37400
Elevation 52–127 m (171–417 ft)
(avg. 58 m or 190 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Amboise is a commune in central France’s Loire Valley. It is in the Indre-et-Loire department. It covers 15.7 square miles (41 square kilometres). In 2014, 13,371 people lived there.

Amboise is known for the Château d'Amboise, a 15th-century castle. King Charles VIII lived there. Leonardo da Vinci's tomb is there. There are royal chambers, gardens and underground passageways.

Near Amboise is Château du Clos Lucé, da Vinci's former home. Da Vinci lived there until his death in 1519. It has a small museum displaying working models of his designs.

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Transport

Road

The D31, D61, D81, D83, D431, D751 and D952 pass through the commune of Amboise.

Rail

Amboise has a train station.

Air

There is an airport around 20 kilometres (12 miles) away in Tours.

Twin towns

Amboise is twinned with Boppard in Germany, Fana in Mali, Suwa in Japan, Vinci in Italy and Baleni in Romania.

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