Château de Rambouillet
L’ouvrage de l'historien Antoine Maës consacré à la Chaumière aux Coquillages est disponible à la boutique (17€)
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In the heart of 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of woods, discover a Royal, Imperial and Presidential residence.
A visit to the Château de Rambouillet is to step back in time and see how some of the greatest men in history lived.
Illustrious residents. After the death of Francis I of France within the castle walls on 1547, Château de Rambouillet saw some of French history's greatest figures take up residence there: the Count of Toulouse, Louis XVI, Napoleon I and, from the late 19th century, France's Presidents transformed the grounds into a prestigious hunting estate.
Gardens and architecture. The French and Anglo-Chinese gardens hold plenty of surprises in store for visitors. Queen Marie-Antoinette's Dairy demonstrates the splendour of an entire period and an art de vivre widely influenced by the philosophy of the Age of Enlightenment. The 'Chaumière aux Coquillages' or Shell Cottage is one of the finest examples of décor in all of Europe.
The Château de Rambouillet closes its doors in spring of 2016, but don't miss the Queen's Dairy and the Shell Cottage, two architectural gems of the 18th century.
To ensure the safety of our visitors, the monument is strictly applying the security measures decided by the french authorities.
The monument is fully opened.