Pierrefonds
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 49° 20.821 E 002° 58.746
31U E 498481 N 5466033
Quick Description: The Castle of Pierrefonds, next to Compiègne, was built in the 15th century by Philippe d' Orléans, and later demolished on order of Louis XIII. Napoleon III made Viollet-le-Duc rebuild the castle into an imperial house in the 19th century.
Location: France
Date Posted: 2/24/2007 1:38:23 PM
Waymark Code: WM18MG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
Views: 58

Long Description:
The castle and the village below it must be one of the most picturesque locations in France. Between Compiegne and Pierrefonds lies the stunningly beautiful forest of Compiegne with a paved bicycle path running through it connecting the two locations. You can even rollerblade this but it is a bit rough in spots with a few rather steep descents.

The Castle of Pierrefonds is really a creation that illustrates the Middle Ages and the Renaissance styles, and shows what a talented creator Viollet-le-Duc was. The variety and beauty of the painted face pattern already give an idea of what 50 years later will be known as the Modern Style or Art Nouveau through Horta, Guimard... The upper part of the sculpted patterns of animals illustrates a completely new version of imaginary animal ornaments. Inside, the gangways, porticoes and galleries of the castle create a very light atmosphere inviting to dreaming and meditation and inspired by Functionalist Architecture.

Open
5 september to 30 april :
Tuesday to Sunday : 10 am to 1 pm and 2 to 5.30 pm
2 may to 4 september : every day 9.30 am to 6 pm
Last admission 45 mn before closing

Closed
on January 1, May 1 and December 25

From Paris: motorway A 1, exit n° 9, then secondary road D 200 towards Compiègne and D 973
From Lille: motorway A 1, exit n° 11, then secondary road D 935 to Compiègne and D 973
From Reims: main road N 31 toawrds Compiègne and secondary road D335
From Rouen: main road N 31 to Compiègne and secondary road D 973

Unaccompagnied visit (1 hour):
Visit imperial appartments and permanent and temporary exhibitions
Cost : 6.50 €
Accessibility: Partial access

Condition: Intact

Admission Charge?: yes

Website: [Web Link]

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