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CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY
CHÂTEAU OF VALENCAY

It was in 1803 that Talleyrand acquired the Château de Valençay at the request of Napoleon, to enable the emperor to receive European dignitaries with the appropriate pomp and ceremony. Located in the Berry region, the Château of Valençay presents 2 styles of architecture, Renaissance and Classical. Fully furnished, it is also surrounded by magnificent French-style gardens and an English landscape park...

ESSENTIALS

Recreational visits for the whole family

The Château of Valençay houses an exceptional collection of Louis XVI and Empire-style furniture, and its park and forest cover more than 53 hectares. A visit of the property includes a tour of its collections, impressive kitchens, Napoleon’s maze (Grand Labyrinthe), the gardens and the Princes’ Forest (Forêt des Princes), which can be explored on foot or by electric buggy.…

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ESSENTIALS

A former feudal fortress

The Park & Château of Valençay came into existence in the time of Louis XIII, and were built on the site of an ancient feudal fortress. Over the years, its architecture became transformed, combining early Renaissance and Classical styles harmoniously. In 1803, Talleyrand, Napoleon’s Minister for External Affairs at the time, bought this magnificent château, thus allowing him to host the dignitaries of the Empire in full splendour.

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HIDDEN TREASURE

Services and new developments

Valençay’s theatre, a real architectural jewel dating from 1810 which has retained much of its period decor and original stage backdrops, can be visited as part of a private guided tour. Visitors can also join private tours of the old rooms, including the lower room, the only vestige of the fortified castle which was demolished prior to the reconstruction of the existing château, and the Renaissance room, the only remaining room from inside the splendid seigniorial residence built by Jacques d’Estampes from 1540 onwards. The Château de Valençay now boasts a new visitor itinerary and audio-guide for children, and has also opened an ornamental garden offering fine views of the castle.

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HIDDEN TREASURE

Illuminated magic and concerts

The Château de Valençay’s theatre, an architectural jewel dating from 1810 which has preserved all its original decor and backdrops, has been open to the public since 2012 as part of the guided “Private Visits” initiative which take place on Sunday mornings.

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COUPS DE COEUR

Trélazé, slate capital

 

The city of blue gold welcomes its visitors with open arms! Explore the city’s industrial heritage and unique landscapes which are the result of slate quarrying in the region. Slate was first quarried here in the 15C and the industry continues today, producing a small quantity of slate which enjoys a worldwide reputation. Trélazé is home to typical and yet unusual landscapes of quarries, pit-head frames, mounds and workers’ houses – scenery which is natural, wild and man-made all at the same time and which can be explored on bike by following the “La Loire à Vélo” cycle route. This welcoming city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can discover the Musée de l'Ardoise (Slate Museum) which provides information on 800 years of techniques of schist quarrying, explore the slate quarries themselves, and take a relaxing stroll through the Parc du Vissoir. Don’t miss the Estival festival with its many shows and concerts, including classical, jazz and French popular music, world music and comedy.


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