It was built at the end of the XIVth century by the duke Louis of Orleans, then dismantled in the XVIIth. Only the ramparts remain. Napoleon 1st buys it. And it is Napoleon III who entrusted the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc with the reconstruction of this ruined castle. It is a castle reinvented by Viollet-le-Duc, in a Gothic style, which will make an ideal castle such as it would have existed in the Middle Ages.
THE VISIT OF THE CASTLE OF PIERREFONDS
- This castle is a castle-museum. It was the wish of Napoleon III
- It is a polychrome castleThe color is still very present (friezes, ornamental details, frescoes...)
- Outside the castle : some double ramparts, , loopholes, machicolations, watchtowers (stone sentry box at the corners of castles, bastions, to watch), the dungeon and the eight turns of the castle
- Inside the castle : painted and sculpted decorations, gargoyles, a parapet walkthe basement that houses tomb...furniture, of the armory...
- In the dungeon, you will see furniture designed by Viollet-le-Duc
- Attention: it takes about 20 minutes to walk to the entrance of the castle
THE VISIT OF THE CASTLE OF PIERREFONDS WITH CHILDREN
- Children love the Middle Ages and stories of knights and princesses... Pierrefonds castle will please them!
- Think about download the children's booklet before your visit
PIERREFONDS, A MOVIE SET
- Many films have been shot in Pierrefonds: "Joan of Arc" by Luc Besson, "Les Visiteurs 2" with Christian Clavier, the successful English series "Merlin" by the BBC, "The Man in the Iron Mask" with Leonardo di Caprio
- Also the film "Peau d'âne" in 1970 or "Papy fait de la résistance", film by Jean Poiré
EVENTS NOT TO BE MISSED AT THE CHÂTEAU DE PIERREFONDS
- POSTPONED TO 2021 : The Empress Ball
- POSTPONED TO 2021 : The exhibition "Eugenie, Empress of Fashion"
HOW TO GO TO THE CHÂTEAU DE PIERREFONDS ?
- From Paris Take the A 1, exit n° 9, then the D 200 towards Compiègne and then the D 973
- From Lille Take the A 1, exit n° 11, then the D 935 to Compiègne and the D 973
- From Reims Take the N31 towards Compiègne then the D335
- From Rouen Take the N31 to Compiègne, then the D973
- Free parking on Sabatier street, 10 minutes from the castle
- Drop-off on the esplanade for people with reduced mobility (2 parking spaces for people with reduced mobility on the esplanade)