Pierrefonds Travel Guide

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Pierrefonds Things to Do

  • CHATEAU PIERREFONDS CHAPEL

    The Chapel I thought to be a little disappointing. It does happen to be the only known religious building with a pulpit above the choir. It is quite bare inside, no pews or anything like that, just a few nice stained glass windows. The entry door is attractive. On the central pillar is Viollet - le -Duc in pilgrim's clothes. You can walk inside and...

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  • THE TOWN CENTRE

    The Town Centre is a very compact area close to the Lake and where the Hotel De Ville is located. If you need a Toilet, then look for the signs located close by and they will lead you to them. Behind the Hotel De Ville, is a War Memorial commemorating the residents of Pierrefonds who were killed or missing in World War I and World War II. I did...

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  • THE LAKE

    The lake is situated in the town centre of Pierrefonds. We parked our car beside it, then walked alongside to the Tourist Information centre which is along the same road. I could imagine how popular this Lake would be in warmer weather, the Swan paddleboats wouldn't be sitting idle then! There was plenty of seating along the paved area where the...

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  • VIEWS OVER PIERREFONDS

    Just incase your not interested in visiting the Castle interior, do climb the steps to the Castle to see the views over Pierrefonds, it is really worth it and it's FREE. There is a lovely view of the Church, the lake and other impressive buildings of the town.

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  • CHATEAU PIERREFONDS CRYPT

    Also included in the entry price, is a self-guided visit to the crypt. On entering the Crypt, I found the lighting was fairly dull, but in parts, was cleverly lit with brighter and coloured lighting, tastefully done though! I loved wandering around the hundreds of tombs of famous Emperors, Countesses and other important people dating back to the...

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  • CHATEAU PIERREFONDS

    The medieval Chateau is the main reason I came to Pierrefonds, and probably is the main reason everybody else comes too! On entering the town by road, this Chateau loomed before us, a big fairytale Castle overlooking the town.Have you seen the BBC series "MERLIN?" The Castle is Camelot in the BBC series Merlin. Scenes have been set here since 2008....

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  • PREUSES ROOM

    In my opinion, the Preuses room is the standout room in the Chateau. It is 52 m long with a very high arched ceiling. Under the Second Empire, it was used as a reception and gallery room. It's richly decorated with statues, has a display of some armour in a glass case, a wall with many coats of arms, and has columns in the centre where there's a...

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  • INSIDE PIERREFOND'S CHATEAU

    The Chateau, although sparsely furnished, is still worth a look through. The Renaissance Chateau, the home of Napoleon III and his wife Eugine, had the interior designed by Viollet le Duc, a gifted interior designer at the time. He hired talented artists and artisans to create the interiors throughout the castle. The chateau Pierrefonds has 132...

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  • A STORY IS TOLD

    I nearly missed all of these sculptures, so I will tell you about them. As I walked into the main courtyard from the Drawbridge, I found the sculptures located on the left hand side, on and under the arches. I have no idea what the ones under the verandah represent, once again, they look to be mythical monsters, many representing different types of...

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  • CHATEAU PIERREFOND INTERIOR COURTYARD

    After paying the entrance fee, it was time to walk across the Drawbridge and into the interior courtyard. If you enjoy statues, then you will be very happy wandering around this courtyard. I just loved the downpipes, which were Dragons with water spurting out of their mouths. Then, on the steps were quite big mythical creatures, one looking like a...

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  • Chateu Du Pierrfonds

    This is the castle in the village of pierrfonds.Where they film the BBC TV progamme of merlin. it is not a ruin and you can see two floors of the castle lovely decorations and lovely empty rooms but it is really worth going to see.

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  • Lots of Sculpture

    Although le-Duc was not a sculptor, he was fabulous at drawing and sketching. He drew figures to animate his creation, which had no such remains. He farmed these out to accomplished artists and placed them in his design. A charming bas-relief of the Annunciation graces the south curtain wall. Each tower had a name hero and figure; a set of vicious...

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  • The Chateau: Approach the Castle

    The south side of the castle, like each of the other sides presents corner towers and a central tower (8 in all). Behind the central tower on this side is the massive keep with the royal residential quarters. Each tower has a name and a sculpted protagonist on its face. The central tower on this side is named Cesar and the right(SE) one,...

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  • The Chateau: Enter the Courtyard

    The irregular quadrangle follows the shape of thenclosing 4 sided fortress. On entering, the first thing that hits the eye is the equestrian statue of Louis d'Orleans (1868; Fremiet) standing before the monumental main staircase in the NE corner. To the left there is an incline leading to the Constable's quarters and the kitchens. To the right the...

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  • The Chateau: Study the Chapel West...

    The outside of the Chapel is a further example of Viollet-le-Duc's theory of how to expand the Gothic style. Here he enlarges the voussoir arch and includes the lancet windows below it as a giant tympanum. He caps the Rose window with a broken arch that echoes the voussoir arch. In contrast the doorway is covered by a decorated basket-handle arch....

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  • The Chateau: Admire the Chapel Interior

    The Chapel is an original invention by le-Duc. He placed it in the defensive wall as part of a central tower. It is very small and beautifully vaulted. There is a half-dome apse preceded by two bays of length. Extensive use is made of balconies and tribunes to fill the prominent height. A Rose window is in the West facade with large windows below....

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  • The Chateau: Go Through the Royal...

    The Emperor's bedroom is in the donjon (keep) and is another Viollet-le-Duc creation in the Gothic style. The walls at the lower level are covered by decorative wood panelling. Above this the walls are painted and covered with militant heraldic dragons. Their is a frieze below the beamed ceiling covered with figures suggesting the Graces or...

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  • The Chateau: Visit the Salle des Preuses

    The Salle des Preuses (Valiant Knights) is not what we previously called a restoration It is a room that Viollet-le-Duc included in the assemblage he was creating for Napoleon III who wanted to use Pierrefonds as a sometimes retreat. The Emperor needed a ballroom for 300 persons. In line with le-Duc's theories this became one of his ultimate...

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  • Pierrefonds Castle - The Middle Age...

    Don’t begin the visit without taking a walk in the park, an occasion to discover the castle in his splendor. Let the spirit of the past penetrate you and, so prepared you can cross the drawbridge. The architecture of the courtyard is inspired by the Renaissance: open vaulted galleries rich decorated, perrons of access, frontages with sculptures of...

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  • Pierrefonds Castle - The Middle Age...

    From the outside you have the impression of an imposing medieval castle. Situated on a hill dominating the little village of Pierrefonds you can feel The Power: inaccessible high crenellated walls, a vast quadrilateral fortress supplemented by eight towers. Each tower has a symbolical name of an hero of Antiquity or of a valiant knight:...

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  • Pierrefonds Castle - The Middle Age...

    A brief history...First a fortress built in 12th century by the descendants of Nivelon det Pierrefonds, then the fortified residence of Louis d’Orleans , the castle is seized in the name of the Holy League in 1589.In 1595 the castle is acquired by Antoine d’Estrées – father of the king’s Henri IV mistress, Gabrielle d’Estrées but not for a long...

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  • The Salle Des Preux

    The Salle Des Preux is a wonderful great hall, with some very ornate and cheerful decor. The statues above the double fireplace are of the Empress Eugenie and her ladies in waiting. Over 300 people can be seated in this room with great views over the internal courtyard from the gorgeous wooden window seats.

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  • Pierrefonds Model

    This a model of Pierrefonds Chateau carved out of stone, by Wyganowski. The original castle dates back to the 10th century. Over many years of use by Royalty and passing in to other hands the Chateau finally fell in to ruin when the Chateau was taken and ruined in 1617.In 1858 work began to restore the castle to as we know it today

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  • PierrefondsTown

    Pierrefonds town is very pleasant, I have the impression it is quite a wealthy place. We visited and a few times during our stay in the area, one day it was a buzzing Friday market day, another was a normal quiet week day and also a sunny Sunday afternoon when the place was very busy, with people in the cafes and wandering around. There is a...

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  • Chateau Gardens

    The chateau gardens sit on an opposite hill facing the Chateau, on the top is another castle type building, it may have been a small keep, or maybe it is a look out or was the home of a relative of the time.Whichever it is very picturesque Details, details............... We got in free because it was an occassion in the Chateau history, but...

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  • The Salle Des Preuses

    This is the entrance to the great hall, The Salle Des Preuses, if you enlarge thsi photo you can see just how ornate it is. The roof had been likened to a hull of a boat.There is a mezzanie above the doorways with the Amorial below

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  • The Crypt

    In the depths of the chateau is the crypt, this was not part of the original design of the chateau, but an imaginative addition by the Architect, Viollet le duc.I found these statues in there low level lighting quite erie, they are so life like I was glad to get out before they woke up...............................

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Pierrefonds Shopping

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    by neilward Written May 24, 2006

    Opposite the Chateaux,you`ll find this small but adequate shop,selling the usual bits and bobs.

    What to buy: An ice cream and a beer,sit in the town square and just chill....

    Which postcard shall I get ???

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Pierrefonds Sports & Outdoors

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    by neilward Written May 24, 2006

    I bet this is a wonderful place to sit and relax and watch the world go by...We had an ice cream and just wandered round.

    Peace and tranquility.

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  • Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc (1814-79)

    Le-Duc was a brilliannt logical and scholarly man who learned his architecture from working with leading experts in medieval Architecture (Huve and Leclere) rather than enroll in the Ecole des Beaux Artes (just as the Impressionists would do a decade later). During his life besides his reconstruction work, he wrote voluminously. His chef d'oeuvre...

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  • Sculptural Translation: A Museum in the...

    Le Duc engaged numerous fine craftsmen and worked closely with them. He assisted Honore Monduit (1824-93) and his son Philippe (1875-1909) in reviving the art of lead-working by hammering on dies. These objects were used over the entire chateau from roof work to fininals (and gargoyles). The Monduits cast many famous sights: the spires on Notre...

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  • Viollet-le-Duc: A Senior Site Seer's...

    After a lifetime of creative thinking and restoring Gothic buildings, the individualistic architect was permitted to give free play to his deepest held beliefs on restoration. He completed most of it and his son added a bit more, so Pierrefonds is what we have of the real him besides his writings. The portrait photo is in the castle and the statue...

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