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Church. Florentina: photos, description Eglise Saint-Florentin)

The Church of St. Florentine, which is located on the banks of the Loire, is another landmark of Amboise, associated with the name of the famous citizen - artist, inventor and scientist Leonardo da Vinci.

Leonardo da Vinci died in may 1519 at the château du Clos lucé and bequeathed to bury him in the Church of St. Florentine, in which were buried the rich and noble citizens and government officials. Will the genius was done, but his remains are buried in the chapel of Saint-Hubert, located near the château d'amboise. While still not fully dispelled doubts as to whether the bones of genius lie under a marble slab.

The Church was built in the XV century and was reserved for king Louis XI and his family members. In Amboise at the time the epidemic raged, and the king as he could, tried to protect themselves and their neighbors from contagion. In the second half of the XVI century, Amboise became the center of the conspiracy, which began in the country, armed clashes, called the Huguenot wars and lasted over thirty years. During these wars, the Church of St. Florentina was looted graves inside of it was desecrated, and the building was heavily damaged. In the early nineteenth century, Napoleon gave much battered by the revolution, the château d'amboise, a third the French Consul Roger Ducos. That, in turn, ordered to demolish the dilapidated Church building, and stones to be used for the restoration of the castle.

Only in the second half of the XIX century on the site of the Church of St. Florentina, were carried out the excavations, and the ashes, which was presumably identified as the remains of Leonardo da Vinci, was buried in the chapel of Saint-Hubert.

The Church of St. Florentina was reconstructed in the mid-twentieth century and acquired the status of historical monument. Her style is described as Gothic, its interior is a room with arches and stained glass Windows.