Pierreclos castle,a masterpiece of medieval architecture!

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Pierreclos castle,see the roof covered with multicolored tiles,symbol of Burgundy.

                    The oldest parts of the castle built on a former pagan necropolis dates from the the 12th (parochial church) and 13th centuries(lord's tower).It was enlarged during the 15th century and the Renaissance period.Partially destroyed during conflicts between Armagnacs and Burgondians,French Wars of Religion and French revolution,it is restored little by little till today.
                     
                    THE OUTSIDE VISIT:
By the lovely gilded gate,enter till the great terrace and enjoy the Romanesque church and the magnificent romantic landscape on the Maconnais vineyard.

The Romanesque parrochial church dating back the 12th century dominates the inner courtyard
This place so dear to Lamartine holds the memory of Mademoiselle de Milly who became Laurence in Jocelyn's poem.
                    THE ROMANESQUE CHURCH:the bell tower,on a rectangular plan is surelevated by a pyramidal roof with four sections.It contains no more bells today.It presents two levels of double windows in full round arch separated by small columns at the top.At the base two vertical openings decorated with stained glasses open on 0the choir.The entrance dates of the 19th century.
                    ROMANESQUE characterizes the artistic style used in the Western Europe between the 11th and the 13th centuries.
Pierreclos castle
Some characteristics of the Romanesque architecture:a massive shape of often limited height,stone vaults,few and narrow openings,round off in semicircle supported by thick walls,sqare bell towers,little sharp...
 
                   IN THE CASTLE
In the room of weapons are displayed items connected to the fights during the Middle Ages such as sword,protections,surgical instruments...
Next to the room of weapons stands the wide kitchen with two fireplaces,between them the ac cess to the bakery.
Going out the bakery,walk up the stairs to go to the room of spices.Follow up the stairs to the latrines(interesting pannels are displayed on the facilities of castles in the Middle Ages).
view on Mâcon vineyard

Going back downstairs,I appreciated the very rare architecture of the main staircase built in the 16th century.There several pannels present the life and work of the French writer,poet and politician Lamartine and his link with the castle.
Walking up the first floor,I enjoyed a very interesting temporary exhibition about "Cooking during Middle Ages",done by the "Tour Jean Sans Peur" of Paris with the National French Library.
The visit ends in the vaulted cellars rich in  items and informative pannels(works of vineyard and wine,phylloxera,pyrale...)
Don't forget the prisons with informative pannels on jails and justice in the Middle Ages...

Château Historique de Pierreclos
71960 Pierreclos(10 mn from A6 motorway,exit 29 and 10 mn from the TGV station Mâcon-Loché)

(33)385357373

Opening hours:
-From April 1st to October 31st:10am-6pm every day except Friday and Saturday:10am-4pm
-November-March:10-12 am and 2-5pm Monday to Thursday,10-12 am 2-4 pm on Friday and Saturday,closed Sunday and Holy days
-closed from 1st -31st january

Entrance fees:6,50 euro,wine tasting 3 euro
entrance and tasting 8 euro
children under 7:free,7 to 12:4 euro
for groups 6,50 with free wine tasting



www.chateaudepierreclos.com

 

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The Romanesque parrochial church d…
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Pierreclos castle
Pierreclos castle
view on Mâcon vineyard
view on Mâcon vineyard
the multicolored tiled roof
the multicolored tiled roof
official sign
official sign
This place dear to the poet Lamart…
This place dear to the poet Lamar…
sign of the castle
sign of the castle
Passing the giilded gate,you get t…
Passing the giilded gate,you get …
the Romanesque church
the Romanesque church
the main tower
the main tower
inside the church
inside the church
inside the church
inside the church
inside the church
inside the church
inside the church
inside the church
inside the church
inside the church
inside the church
inside the church
a modern wooden pillorythe
a modern wooden pillorythe
weapons of hast:attrape-coquin,f…
weapons of hast:"attrape-coquin",…
wooden mantelet used by soldiers…
wooden "mantelet" used by soldier…
medieval lighter and iron to caute…
medieval lighter and iron to caut…
the surgical instruments of Middle…
the surgical instruments of Middl…
saw for amputation,crowbars to rem…
saw for amputation,crowbars to re…
the wide kitchen with two fireplac…
the wide kitchen with two firepla…
broach and fireplace
broach and fireplace
in the bakery
in the bakery
bakery and collective oven
bakery and collective oven
latrines.In the 15th century,castl…
latrines.In the 15th century,cast…
under the roof
under the roof
Mâconnais landscape
Mâconnais landscape
armor and sword.The sword presente…
armor and sword.The sword present…
Alphonse de Lamartine(1790-1869.Th…
Alphonse de Lamartine(1790-1869.T…
wide staircase dating from the Ren…
wide staircase dating from the Re…
jail
jail
prison cell entrance
prison cell entrance
a boiler and a watering can used t…
a boiler and a watering can used …
the vaulted cellars displays items…
the vaulted cellars displays item…
vaulted cellars
vaulted cellars
a kind of syringes used to kill th…
a kind of syringes used to kill t…
cheers!
cheers!
Pierreclos wine,this one not of th…
Pierreclos wine,this one not of t…
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