"Amboise - Leonard church?" Pays de la Loire Things to Do Tip by Polly74

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by Polly74

The church you see in the picture is the chapel of Saint-Hubert perched high on the walls of the chateau above the town. Records show that Leonardo da Vinci was buried in the church of Saint-Florentin in Chateau Amboise. Almost 300 years later this church was in a ruinous state, mainly as a result of the vandalism that followed the French revolution. An official appointed by Napoleon decided it was not worth preserving and it was demolished. The stonework was used to repair the chateau. Some 60 years later the site of Saint-Florentin was excavated and a complete skeleton found. Close by were fragments of an inscription in stone which contained some of the letters of Leonardo's name; but it is still not clear if these were Leonardo's remains. This collection of bones was eventually buried in the chapel of Saint-Hubert within the grounds of the chateau

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  • Written Nov 24, 2004
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