The Pope’s Apartment

After the Grands Appartements of the Sovereigns, this eleven-room guest apartment is the most sumptuous living space in the palace. It was created in 1804 by combining two apartments built in adjoining buildings into a single row. Although it retains the name of the Pope’s Apartment since Pope Pius VII’s two stays there in 1804 as a guest and in 1812-1814 as a prisoner of Napoleon I, it is in fact presented today as a double princely apartment from the Second French Empire.

Former apartment of the Queen Mothers since Anne of Austria retired there as a widow; its oldest part is in the 16th century wing. Its new part is spread across the adjoining spaces of the Great Pavillon built by Gabriel in 1750. Its sumptuous decorations, combined with the quality of its furnishings, bear witness to the very eclectic taste of Napoleon III and Eugenie. They had it redecorated in the 1860s, retaining the exceptional ceilings of the former chamber of Henry II and Anne of Austria. Dedicated to prestigious guests visiting the sovereign’s court, this self-contained apartment alone illustrates the castle’s rich historical background.

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The chateau

The chateau is open every day except Tuesday, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

From October to March: 9.30 am to 5 pm (last access at 4.15 pm).

From April to September: 9.30 am to 6 pm (last access at 5.15 pm).

The park and gardens are open, under the usual conditions, free of charge.

The restaurant is open every day for lunch.

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