Monday, 1 August 2011

The old Castle, Saint-Germain en Laye

The old Castle or in French Château de Saint-Germain en Laye, Château Vieux

The Castle was built at the request of François 1er by Pierre Chambiges, who used the foundation of a pentagonal fortress built in the fourteenth century by Charles V.

Chambiges incorporate the chapel built by Saint Louis in 1238. François 1st and the kings who succeeded him there made ​​many trips. Louis XIV established his residence in Saint-Germain-en-Laye of 1666 to 1681.

Saint-Germain-en-Laye became the de facto seat of government of the kingdom. The general configuration of the city center dates from this period.

Napoleon III restored the old castle destroyed by Eugene Millet including corner pavilions added by Louis XIV. The emperor settled in 1867 the "Museum of Antiquities Celtic and Gallo-Roman."

Today it houses a National Museum of Archaeology. The ancient rooms of this building are Renaissance archaeological collections, among the richest in the world.

(Tourist Office of the City of Saint-Germain-en-Laye)

The Castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye also said Old Castle (Château vieux in french)

Thee Castle on web site

The Castle on web site

The town of Saint-Germain-en-Laye

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