The castle of Pierrefonds

The beautiful castle of Pierrefonds is located in the forest of Compiègne at 1 h 30 from Paris.

As soon as you enter in Pierrefonds you can't but be struck by the grandeur of this castle which dominates the town. The Castle of Pierrefonds can be visit all days, admission rate is 7.5 euros, the visit is short, it can be done in 1 hour because most of the rooms are empty. You can also stroll in the small city of Pierrefonds who also worth a look. Don't miss the castle that inspired Walt Disney for its ""Sleeping Beauty"".

Interest: notegood (1 note)
Difficulty: difficulté
Duration: 3 h.

View of Pierrefonds

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View of Pierrefonds
Pierrefonds is a pretty small town.

Statues in the Court

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Statues in the Court
Many strange statues are scattered in the castle.

The façade of the Castle

The façade of the Castle

View of the stained glass windows of the Chapel

View of the stained glass windows of the Chapel

View of the castle before restoration

View of the castle before restoration
The castle was built in 1397, it was dismantled by Louis XIII in 1617. The castle was a ruin until Napoleon III decided to restore it.

Reception room

Reception room
The architect in charge of the restoration was Viollet-le-Duc. One of the greatest French architect, he doesn’t restore the Middle Age castle but he creates a new castle with his idea of a Middle Age castle. It’s better than the original castle! Don’t miss it.

The room of the Preuses

The room of the Preuses
'It''s the most beautiful room of the Castle, it contained the collection of armour of Napoleon III.'

The dance of the recumbent effigies

The dance of the recumbent effigies
In the cellars of the castle you can see the funeral statues of the great Frenchmen. The place is impressive.

The visit of Pierrefonds

The visit of Pierrefonds
After the visit we can go down in the city, be careful, difficult to find a place to eat on a sunny week end.

Point of view

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Point of view
You can also climb up the hill to have a nice view of the castle.

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