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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jannick973August 16, 2017
Un super Domaine dont l'accès est encore public et gratuit.D'ailleurs tout est y est gratuit sauf les promenades en barques et les collations.Un domaine où il y a toujours une activité ou une animatio... more »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.
Yohanna GAugust 14, 2017
Nous adorons aller se promener à Chamarande des que les beaux jours arrivent. Le parc est très beau et très bien entretenu. more »We love to go walking at Chamarande for the beautiful days come. The Park is very beautiful and very well maintained.
BABETTY91August 13, 2017
un très beau parc à visiter, des coins "pique nique " vous pouvez faire du vélo, marche sous les chênes et voir un petit pont très joli more »a very beautiful park to visit, "picnic" corners you can bike, walk under the Oaks and see a nice bridge
Fiona Neville PardaevaJuly 12, 2016
Beautiful château in magnificent park setting. A fantastic venue for modern art.
Claire HerbinMay 20, 2017The 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.
OliviaJune 3, 2017The 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.
Saeza SaezJuly 11, 2017Big 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.
Jacques CruveillierJune 4, 2017Beautiful 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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