The Geek Atlas: terrific tech shrines that every geek should see

This new book outlines the best places in the world for nerds and geeks to visit before they die. We selected some favorite places, including the HP Garage, the MIT Museum, and da Vinci's last home.

Leonardo da Vinci's Last Home, Amboise, France



Leonardo da Vinci lived and worked for the last three years of his life in Amboise at the Chateau du Clos Luce.

He came in 1516 at the invitation of King Francois I. The king lent da Vinci the chateau and gave him a pension on which to live. Today, the chateau has been restored to its Renaissance state and contains a museum of da Vinci's inventions. It also has da Vinci's bedroom (where he lived and died) and his work room, as well as an underground passage that is said to lead to the king's nearby chateau, a passage that King Francois I used when visiting.

While at Clos Luce, da Vinci continued painting, illustrating, and inventing, and he worked on architectural projects for the king and on irrigation systems between the Loire and Saone rivers.

Today, the gardens of the chateau display transparent reproductions of many of da Vinci's greatest paintings and sketches, including the Vitruvian Man, depicting a naked man inside a circle and square, his legs and arms outstretched in two different positions showing the proportions of the body; also present are various reproductions of his work, including the invention pictured here, which anticipated the helicopter.

Photo courtesy of Betsythedevine.

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