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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.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Château de Chamarande by using our Chamarande trip builder.
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Un domaine dans un écrin de verdure des animations pour toute la famille je ne me lasse pas d'y allerA field in a green area of entertainment for the whole family I don't get tired to goshow original
Un joli endroit pour pique-niquer soit sur les tables mises à disposition soit sur les pelouses et se promener dans les allées et sous bois du parc.A nice place for a picnic or tables available on the lawns and walk in the aisles and in the woods of the Park.show original
Très beau parc arboré - Plan d'eau - Allez-y ! ... Prenez votre temps ... respirez ! .. et vous reviendrez ....Very beautiful Park - Lake - go ahead! ... Take your time... breathe in... and you will return...show original
Fiona Neville Pardaeva
Beautiful château in magnificent park setting. A fantastic venue for modern art.
Laurent guayLarge green space is for families with a pleasant and jovial staff. Everything to spend a pleasant afternoon in spring or summer with friends for a picnic followed a digestive walk.show original
Delphine PapillonGreen beautiful setting for this wonderful Castle. The welcome is friendly and cleanliness as much as security is preserved. I love!show original
Sébastien PucciniBeautiful castle but especially beautiful park for a walk. Full of outdoor activities!show original
Julien Le GoupilsSuper Park for ballads and pique niqueshow original
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