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    Chateau de Blandy-les-Tours
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    A view from the towers
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    Chateau de Blandy-les-Tours 3 more images

    by Dabs Updated Sep 28, 2011

    Our visit to the Chateau started with the historical panels next to the gift shop, while the origins of the Chateau are not precisely known, they speculate that it was originally built in the 1220s as a fortress and residence by Guillaume II and Adam III of Melun. Over the years it was used as a residence by some of the most powerful families in the region. In 1707 it was purchased by the duke of Villers who turned it into a farm, it was resold to another duke and eventually purchased by the municipality in 1883.

    After reading up on it's history, you can climb the many towers for a fine view over the area. The rooms are not decorated or furnished so you really don't get a feel of how people lived here or if they lived in those parts of the chateau since it's function and form changed so much over the years. But it has been restored to it's 17th century appearance and is visually quite a stunning example of a medieval castle.

    There's a 6€ admission fee, most of the signage is in English in addition to French. They also have a tour brochure in English. Closed Tuesdays and between 12:30 and 1:30 for lunch. Open 10-6 in the summer and 10-5 in the winter

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    by Martinewezel Written Jul 9, 2008

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    Just as all the houses around the fortress, this church is lovely from the outside. It’s open to the public and worth a short visit. Don’t expect something impressive. It's a perfect reflection of the whole town, simple and honest. Photo 3 shows the inside of the church.

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    by Martinewezel Written Jul 9, 2008

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    In the weekends, the castle is the place to be for artistic programs, such, as theatre, concerts, shows…
    For this issue, bothering ugly plastic party tents cover most of the inner courtyard of the castle. This might be susceptible for improvement.

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    Blandy-les-Tours (France), an isolated town

    by Martinewezel Written Jul 9, 2008

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    The small town is isolated in the Brie region. I guess there must be a bus connection once or twice a day, but this would be a crusade.
    Unfortunately, a car is a must.
    While Blandy is a rather new tourist attraction, the town was almost empty and there was no parking problem neither.

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Blandy Off The Beaten Path

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    La coll��giale (Champeaux) 1 more image

    by Martinewezel Written Jul 9, 2008

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    Another isolated sleeping vilage in the "Brie", a few kilometers NE of Blandy (10 minutes drive), with a beautiful large church, called "La collégiale Saint-Martin". However it's one of the major monuments of the Seine-et- Marne region, the curch breaths out simplicity. The central tiles of the church are covered by different used carpets, probably donations from parishioners.

    Unfortunately the church from the 12th century has been damaged by the storms of december 1999. One can for instance see the cracks in the walls and a part of the destroyed stained-glass windows have been replaced by transparent leaded windows (second photo).

    I strongly advice this small detour to visit this particular church. It's signposted from Blandy.
    The entrance is free.

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    • Arts and Culture
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    by Martinewezel Updated Jul 9, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Until September 2008, there is a small exhibition of the artist Pascale Marthine Tayou in some of the rooms of the castle. Art with a playful wink to our consumer society and the waste problem. He called his exhibition MATITI ELOBI, which means “bidonville”, refering to a city made of recycled materials...
    The exhibition is included in the entrance fee of the castle, which is 6 euros.

    The photo shows filled plastic bags upon African masks which are resting upon 5 scales.

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