Château de Chamarande, Chamarande

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The château de Chamarande is a 17th-century French château in Chamarande, in the department of Essonne.HistoryThe first "castle" of this name was established at Bonnes around 811 by Arteld, missus dominicus and brother of Einhard, Charlemagne's biographer. However, excavations on the site have shown that the place was not fortified.A fortified château was built in the 16th century, probably for François Hurault (prévôt des marchands de Paris and personal friend of king Henry IV), who in 1563 acquired the two seigneuries which make up the present estate and took up residence here. This castle corresponds to the present buildings of the commanderie. After the death of François Hurault in 1613, the château passed to his son Jean, who expanded the estate.However, the château suffered in the Fronde and was in a poor state by the time it was sold in 1654 to Pierre Mérault, the former fermier des gabelles who had been promoted to a noble by buying a écuyership, who was also secretary to king Louis XIV. It was Mérault who built the present castle. Its design was formerly attributed to François Mansart without corroborating documentary evidence, but is now attributed to Nicolas de l'Espine. A rectangular building surrounded by a moat forms the living quarters, flanked on either side by the service wings The entrance to the main courtyard is flanked by two pavilions, with the left one containing the chapel. The estate was at the same time "ornamented with canals, lakes and fountains". André Le Nôtre helped design the park, though the dating and nature of his help are not known for certain.
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  • August 16, 2017
    A super domain whose access is still public and free. Besides all is is free except boats rides and snacks. One area where there is always an activity or an animation or great exhibition. For more details you can visit their Site for the program. I recommend really for Nature lovers.
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  • August 14, 2017
    We love to go walking at Chamarande for the beautiful days come. The Park is very beautiful and very well maintained.
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  • August 13, 2017
    a very beautiful park to visit, "picnic" corners you can bike, walk under the Oaks and see a nice bridge
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  • July 12, 2016
    Beautiful château in magnificent park setting. A fantastic venue for modern art.
  • May 20, 2017
    The Park is sublime, with magnificent old trees (beeches, plane trees...). A patch of green. On the other hand, lack of information about the Castle. Closed this day, why? Please find. For the ride in the Park, read the information booklet at the start.
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  • June 3, 2017
    The Park is nice c is true c is free c is also true but the room was dreadful impossible to Park except far no sidewalk passable. The locals are probably frustrated by the influx of visitors but could stay polite and courteous. I n there would never go back. There is full of other places just as beautiful in Essonne.
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  • July 11, 2017
    Big heart this place is beautiful. The only downside crisis requires it is more pets c is a pity but it's still a great place and in addition c is free.
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  • June 4, 2017
    Beautiful place with a remarkable biodiversity. 7 pm: already done for the day - beautiful reverie that ends at the sound of the bells of a beautiful church. It was a beautiful day full of discoveries and exhibition.
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