CHÂTEAU de GERMOLLES,THE MUST- SEE CASTLE IN SOUTH BURGUNDY!

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Matthieu Pinette,one of the owners,a former curator and fascinating guide opening the medieval cellar much older than the castle(end of the 14th century) dating from the time of the fortress of the squires of Germolles

                      It was my first visit of this weekend and the BEST,because of the importance of this château  in architecture and Burguadian history but also because a couple of visitors and me were coached by one of the owners,Matthieu Pinette,a former curator and conservator of different French museums who let us know in a concise,never pedantic,but refined language(don't worry he speaks also English!) the essential features of the château architecture and the importance of Burgundy in the medieval France and Europe.

the main building from the 14th century is one of the few palatial and princely residences of that time that has been well-preserved.Philip the Bold bought for his wife in 1380 the stronghold of Germolles.She transformed it in a luxuous residence.

                     Unique palace of the dukes of Burgundy,largely conserved but not spectacular and a very rare example of court of the late Middle Ages,this château is located in the commune of Mellecey 10km far from the A6 motorway,exit Châlon-sur-Sâone.

                     PHILIPPE LE HARDI (Philip the Bold) inherits Burgundy in 1364,a rich area but suffering too from plague and wars with England.The new duke of Burgundy MARRIES in 1369 the RICHEST HEIRESS in EUROPE,MARGUERITE DE FLANDRE (Margaret of Flanders) and bought in 1380 the stronghold of Germolles for his wife who transformed it into a luxurious palace with the help of the finest artist of the Burgundian school.

this pic shot in the court appartments is interesting because of the paintings from the 14th century and not by the ugly Neogothic decor! pic@chateaudegermolles

                   The tour includes the cellar dating from the time of the squires of Germolles as the lower chapel(the superior is under restoration and may be seen in few months),the towers of the entrance,remains of the original fortress and the rooms inside where  NO PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED (for this once,I was pleased to be obedient!):the great hall,ducal and court apartments...

                   The main building on 3 levels dating from the end of the 14th century looks like it was at the time with rendered walls,it houses rare painted and sculpted period decors including well-conserved and decorated floor tiles.

pic@chateaudegermolles pillars dating from the 14th century

                   The 19th century park was created in English style where the Margaret of Flanders rosery was situated.

                   Outside stands a very well preserved hamlet with the house of the intendant where like each summer young German archeologists are accomodated.

Location:10 km from the A6 motorway,exit Chalon-sur-Sâone

Entry fees:7,50 euro,free under 12 .3,50 euro for unemployed and students

Opening hours:1st January-15 March and 15 November-31 December by appointment only

                         16 March-30 April  2-6 pm Mondays closed

                         1 May-17 October 9.

pic@chateaudegermolles,sculpture detail from Claude Suter and atelier(the head was just found recently in rubble and fixed)
45 am-12.30 pm 2-7.30pm daily

                         18 October-14 November 2-6pm daily except Monday

              + 33(0)385980124

              http://www.chateaudegermolles.fr

 

Travel tip:I enjoyed the local  restaurant Le Guide de Marloux  33(0) 385451303 well situated on the Côte Châlonnaise junction in Mellecey offering decent and affordable cuisine. www.leguidedemarloux.com

 

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Château de Germolles
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the magnificent medieval cellar
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The lower chapel
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the lower chapel dates from the t…
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remain of the former fortress
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sign of the castle
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curious roots seen in the 19th ce…
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