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Palais ducal de Nevers, Nevers
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The Ducal Palace of Nevers is a residence castle of the 15th and 16th centuries of counts and dukes of Nevers. In the list of 1840 it is classified as a historical monument.HistoryConsidered as the first of the Loire‘s castles with its wide renaissance façade surrounded by the polygon turrets, it was built on the hill overlooking the center of the old town, the Republic Square and a big park.On the underground level there is an avant-garde museum and a permanent exhibition representing the past and the present life of Nevers in a very vivid way.This building was constructed for John Clamecy, the Count of Nevers, in the place where his old fortress used to be. Two large back towers are known to be the oldest (15th century) as the Clèves family later in the 16th century rebuilt the castle by adding the splendid staircase which is situated in the central turret.There are consistent proportions between the ocher facade and slate roofs. From the castle, the long tree-lined esplanade offering a beautiful panorama continues to stretch to the edges of the Loire which it overhangs.Restored by the order of Pierre Bérégovoy in the 1980s, the palace now houses the town hall (including the Mayor's office and Council Chamber), part of the tourist office, exhibition halls, reception and a permanent exhibition on the history and advantages of the city (Formula One, earthenware, etc.) and an aquarium of Loire fish.During the restoration excavations (mainly in 1988) which led to the discovery of many artillery fragments, beautiful pieces of 14th-century artillery were found ("powder chamber veuglaire"), which are based in an archaeological deposit in Nevers and are absolutely unique in France.
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  • Nevers has a heritage architectural interesting but difficult to visit! The Palace outwardly is superb but closed Sunday and days public holidays. So please come back day of week! Nevers is really a dead city. Fortunately the Cathedral was open but under construction. We saw the sremparts and the door of the Croux. However awful the House of culture on the banks of the Loire!
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  • The exterior is beautiful but the interior is renovated and very modern as this building is in current use. 
  • Considered the first of the castles of the Loire, built on the hill that dominates the center of the old town, the Ducal Palace dominates, below, its wide façade framed with polygonal turrets, square of the Republic, renaissance Park. This Palace was the residence of counties then the Dukes of the Nivernais. In 1840, it was classified at the Historical Monuments. Restored on the orders of Pierre Beregovoy in the 1980s, the Palace now houses the Town Hall, a part of the tourist office, rooms exhibition and reception, as well as a permanent exhibition on the history and the strengths of the city as well as a fish Loire aquarium. The excavations carried out in 1988 revealed many artillery pieces, including one of the most beautiful, an artillery piece of the fourteenth century ("veuglaire powder room"), based since filing archaeological city of Nevers, is absolutely unique in France. A nice visit!
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  • Beautiful Palace, but which it seems that the visit is impossible... On Sunday anyway.
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  • small museum showroom in a place history room of the municipal Council
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  • Go to the sub floor!
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  • I find the wonderful ducal palace. The attentive staff has your research.
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  • Very nice to see in Nevers
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