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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  • Would have loved to see more of the inside of the palace. Happy though we were able to visit part of it via the tourist office entrance and the visit was free.  more »
  • Under the pretext of fill concrete inside and no charm of the Ducal Palace, as often in this case of figure, it has been necessary to resort to "contemporary" said art who has good back but which is used to fill a void... Very disappointing. Fortunately, the façade, it is beautiful and interesting (what saves this site of a "terrible" rating).
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  • It is sometimes considered as the first castle of the Loire the Ducal Palace. You can see a (small) part of the foundations of origin! The Palace is very well preserved and perfectly restored, we can easily imagine life at the time the Duke and famous boot. You can see the Hall of the municipal Council where sat Pierre Bérégovoy... and admission is free! but I expect that the restoration of the Theatre of the Renaissance end to return to this visit and discover this beautiful small theater (from the outside)
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  • Lovely palace especially with a rectangular garden in front.
  • Beautiful chateau elegant lines. Impressive ceiling height. But not everything can be visited.
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  • Some parts are not accessible. There is also an exhibition that had nothing to do with the Castle.
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  • I can not enough! 😎
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  • A part of the Palace closed on Sunday. Too bad.
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