TEN CENTURIES OF HISTORY
Just an hour away from Paris, in the heart of one of the best-preserved sites in Ile-de-France between Vétheuil and Giverny, the imposing silhouette of the Château de La Roche-Guyon stands tall on a hilltop on the banks of the Seine. Backing up against the limestone cliff since the Middle Ages, this ancient fortress was transformed over the centuries, in an elegant intersection of different architectural styles. From the mediaeval keep to the 18th century stables, from the first caves to the kitchen garden, orchard and English garden, and from the ceremonial rooms laid out by Rommel, the Château invites you on a curious trip back in time.
The memory of the Age of Enlightenment is preserved at La Roche-Guyon. The Duke of La Rochefoucauld and his daughter, the Duchess of Enville, undertook major building work. A monumental entrance, stables, wings and terraces melded with the mediaeval fortress. Turgot, Condorcet and Young would meet up in the drawing room, the library or the small theatre, the Château’s hidden gem. The Esther tapestries – symbols of this brilliance – were returned to their original home in the drawing room in 2001.
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