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Maison Picassiette, Chartres

(4.4/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
Covered from floor to ceiling with mosaics, Maison Picassiette is a house decorated with glass, stone, and ceramic all by one man named Raymond Isidore. Not only are the walls, floors, exterior, and ceilings covered in mosaics--the beds, furniture, and stove are, too. You can even walk on several floors and walkways covered with mosaics made from broken pieces of marble. Peruse the garden walls for more mosaic motifs at the home called "Picassiette," meaning "Picasso of the Plate." Put Maison Picassiette on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Chartres trip builder.
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  • Isidore had worked well... and he gave us a curious testimony from another time, fruit of his imagination, his patience and his hands that have created these naïve mosaics in a small maze of trails, arcades, chapels and garden resplendent under the Sun (preferably). Everything is represented, portraits, flowers, basilicas, cathedrals and other sacred places, the royal throne awaits you for the ritual laying and you leave a memory of this discreet and charming place.
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  • A house full of color with a very interesting story and unusual! It lies somewhat outside of downtown but the walk worth it, especially in spring or summer. It's impressive to think that a family lived and that a man entirely decorated it with pieces of plates and debris that he found here and there.
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  • This is a medieval town with people still living in the buildings. They do have electricity. The streets are very narrow. Every now and then we would be surprised by a car coming down the street. The ...  more »
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  • So beautiful! I was a bit skeptical about it, but when I finally saw it, I loved it. The garden is also amazing. A must see.
  • Another history rich location in France. The details of the artist is significant.
  • The work of a well developed and well preserved life. The children are impressed, and it's a good opportunity to use the different representations of places and symbols presented to impart a bit of culture.
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  • The product of decades of obsession with one man. Every detail of the House is densely decorated with ceramic fragments recovered from landfill. Have fun finding the Cinzano ashtray!
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  • Worth the drive. Impressive!
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