"Visit the castle" Ancy-le-Franc Things to Do Tip by mariev
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The castle of Ancy-le-Franc was built in the middle of the 16th century for Antoine de Clermont, the brother-in-law of Diane de Poitiers, mistress of Henri II. In the late XVIIth century, when the Clermont-Tonnerre family was ruined , it came into the Louvois 5louis XIV's minister) family's possessions but later went back to the Clermont-Tonnerre's until 1950.
More Italian than French, the castle is the work of the Italian Sebastiano Serlio, one of the most important architects the Renaissance.
Serlio was brought to France in 1540 by François I to work on his palace in Fontainebleau.
The exterior is a bit austere, but the inner courtyard is very refined and follows the principles of classical architecture and offers a completely symetric plan.
Some of the apartments are beautiful, decorated by Italian artists like Primaticcio and dell'Abbate.
The visit is possible only with a guide since the internal decoration is so fragile and, for the same reason, photography (even without flash) is not allowed inside.
Open from end March to mid November, tuesday to sunday.
The visit is about one hour and costs 8€, schedule : 10h30am, 11h30, 14h, 15h, 16h and 17h. Guided visits in English are possible on request.
Address: 18 place Clermont Tonnerre 89160 Ancy-le-Franc
Phone: 33 (0)3 86 75 00 25
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