During 2019, the Loire Valley in France will mark 500 years since two major events influenced its history. In 1519 it was the birthplace of the French Renaissance, initiated by the young king, Francis I. The year also marked the death of one of the world’s greatest artists, Italian-born Leonardo da Vinci ‘First Painter, Engineer and Architect to the King’, who died in France on May 2 at Château du Clos Lucé, Amboise.

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