A Chinese factory in the Amboise forest, the Chanteloup Pagoda

A pagoda story....

Once upon a time there was a Prime Minister... yes, but be careful, not just any Prime Minister, the Prime Minister of Louis XV, please! I have appointed the Duke of Choiseul. And he had money, the Duke of Choiseul! Also, when he was appointed Governor of Touraine, he bought the estate of Chanteloup. That way, he was on the spot!

Yes, but here it is... He brings the castle up to date, he extends the gardens, he invites, he gives parties... In short, at home, it's "open bar", and, for a little bit, he would compete with Versailles ! So, badaboum... it's disgraceful!

As a result, exiled from Paris, he settled in Chanteloup, and built the pagoda. Mine de rien, it is nevertheless, a little, a little, a little political sign, since it makes it a "Monument dedicated to friendship"... to thank those who had not let it down!

And that's a big thank you, though, since it's seven stories high, 44 metres high!

At the advent of Louis XVI, the Duke of Choiseul left the estate of Chanteloup, since his exile was over!

Among the following owners, Chaptal, a great scientist and minister of Napoleon I, developed the techniques of beet growing, and those of sugar extraction and refining (even today, the operation of adding a little sugar to the wine being made is called "chaptalisation").

The castle itself ended badly. Nowadays, there are financiers who buy companies and then sell them in small pieces, and who are rather frowned upon! At the time, under Louis-Philippe, there were property merchants, including the famous "Black Band", who did the same, but with castles, which they bought at a very low price, and whose furniture... and stones they sold.

A nice day....

It is a pleasure to stroll through the streets of Amboise, to recall the memory of the court of Francis I, to admire the extraordinary collection of Gothic and Renaissance furniture in the castle, to recall the life and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci who rests there...

And then, on the edge of the forest, go and discover this unusual tower, the Chanteloup pagoda. You can rest a little, in peace, by the water's edge, by nibbling on the contents of the small "packed basket" that you will be served.

And the forest, go and discover the immense panorama from the top of the pagoda!

 

The Chanteloup Pagoda
37403 Amboise

Tel: 02 47 57 57 20 97
info@pagode-chanteloup.com
https://www.pagode-chanteloup.com/

 

Amboise Val de Loire Tourist Office
General de Gaulle's Quay

37400 Amboise
Tel: 02 47 47 57 09 28
https://www.amboise-valdeloire.com/

 

 

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator


To go further....

Chanteloup : Un moment de grâce autour du duc de Choiseul

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Etienne-François, duc de Choiseul-Stainville (1719-1785), fut l'un des hommes politiques les plus remarquables du règne de Louis XV, et l'un des plus brillants collectionneurs de son temps. Après l'acquisition en 1761 du domaine de Chanteloup en Touraine et pendant les trois années de sa disgrâce (1771-1774), il y imprime sa marque : il modifie et agrandit les bâtiments dont la décoration est confiée aux meilleurs artistes et artisans de la période et crée des jardins et un parc anglo-chinois à fabriques desquels ne subsiste plus aujourd'hui qu'une célèbre pagode.
Cet ouvrage retrace et clarifie l'histoire de ce domaine devenu mythique.
La Disgrace Du Duc Et de la Duchesse de Choiseul: La Vie À Chanteloup, Le Retour À Paris, La Mort (Classic Reprint)

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Divin Vinci. Léonard de Vinci, l'Ange incarné

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Du grand et moderne léonard, qui inspira jusqu'au " pop art " d'Andy Warhol, c'est cette vie construite, entre l'Italie et la France, comme une véritable œuvre d'art, depuis sa naissance à Vinci, splendide village de Toscane, jusqu'à sa mort à Amboise, sur les bords de la Loire, en passant par Milan et la cour des ducs Sforza, que cet ouvrage, unique en son genre,
retrace.
Enfin, pour parfaire ce portrait, l'apport des écrits de léonard de Vinci lui-même, mais aussi des principaux textes, rédigés, à son sujet.
La vie de Léonard de Vinci illustrée à travers son œuvre artistique : tel est l'objet de ce livre, aussi érudit qu'attrayant !
Amboise : Un château dans la ville

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Alors que Louis XI accentua le caractère fortifié de la demeure d’Amboise dont il actualisa le parti résidentiel, le projet de Charles VIII tendit à faire du château un palais, séjour privilégié de la cour. D’une ampleur jamais encore égalée, le chantier de construction royal eut des répercussions immédiates sur l’économie et l’urbanisme de cette petite «ville-pont» de 300 à 400 feux.

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