Chateau de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds

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Beautiful Chateau de Pierrefonds is a medieval castle built from 1393-1407 by Louis I de Valois, Duke of Orléans. It is characteristic of defensive military architecture from the Middle Ages. Commissioned by Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte and restored by Viollet-le-Duc in 1850, Chateau de Pierrefonds has kept the original exterior from the 14th century military structural design. However, many interior restorations like polychrome paintings were new additions. You may recognize the castle as a location for films including the BBC series "Merlin," "The Messenger: The Story of "Joan of Arc," and "The Man in the Iron Mask" (1998). Plan to visit Chateau de Pierrefonds during your Pierrefonds vacation using our convenient Pierrefonds trip site .
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  • This castle is beautiful, this place is magical. It takes about 2:30 hours to visit. In addition the weather was beautiful fixed and few people during my visit, so I took full advantage. I would definitely go back to visit the area.
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  • Great exploration of the chateau and the rooms retained original details Interesting history well kept defense walls moats  more »
  • Beautiful castle straight out of a cartoon a little crazy this architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc but what a beautiful castle where the gargoyles and chimeras are well represented. Do not miss the legend of the Knights of the round table. To visit
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  • This castle is so cute! All the grass it green and the leaves that fill the hills are pink in the sunlight. The castle is a sight for sore-eyes in every direction, the pathways are so lovely. The castle is not like the palaces with furniture and bedrooms but it is very unique in its own way, it is very historic and medieval, the expositions are so cool. Basically without a doubt its like a being in a fairytale🧚‍♀️!! WARNING- if you go you will never want to come back!!!!!
  • I was with the group of L'Arche communities from all over the world. We went to walk around and see this castle. We were not able to get inside but still, the surrounding is enticing. Quiet and peaceful.
  • A must visit - a true medieval castle lovingly restored in a picturesque village. Discover and wonder at the history. Quite stunning. Spend several hours here.
  • One of the coolest castles I have ever visited. More of a fantasy than a faithful restoration, and often feeling like a complete, life-size film set made out of real materials, Pierrefonds will delight any visitor. Seriously, it's ridiculously beautiful in all its meticulousness and tasteful design elements.
  • It was a nice large castle. In the castle the were several expositions that you can visit. We did the free walk around so we get through it at our own pace. During our visit I learned that the castle itself has been completely rebuild about 100 years ago because it was left in ruin several hundred years back. I found that a little disappointing, but they did a good job. It looks very nice and kind of new compared to other castles we have visited. It all depends on what you expect to find when going to the castle. Don't expect an old castle with authentic furniture but rather a nice restored castle displaying expositions. It looked more promising from the outside then it looked on the inside.
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