Château de Beauregard

Cellettes, France

The Château de Beauregard is a Renaissance castle located on the territory of the commune of Cellettes. Most of the château was built around 1545, when it was bought by Jean du Thiers, Lord of Menars, and Secretary of State to Henri II. The commissioned interior included frescoes on the fireplace of the royal chamber, which have survived. In the Great Gallery there is a fireplace in Italian style from this period. However its main feature was commissioned by Paul Ardier, Comptroller of Wars and Treasurer, who bought the château in 1617. He added further interior decorations over the next few decades, including a gallery of portraits.

The castle is renowned for its Gallery of portraits decorated in the 17th century with 327 portraits of famous people. The gallery, the largest in Europe to have survived to our days, is the masterpiece of the castle: built during the first half of the 17th century at the request of Paul Ardier, it is 26 meters long, its pavement is entirely made of 5 500 Delftware tiles and its walls are decorated with 327 portraits of famous people having lived between 1328 (date of the beginning of the reign of Philippe VI of France) and 1643 (death of Louis XIII).

The French kings are depicted accompanied by portraits of their queens, ministers, marshals, diplomats etc. Apart from French personalities, other important historical people of 25 nationalities are represented. Marie Ardier, daughter of Paul Ardier, committed the decoration of the ceiling to the painter Jean Mosnier and its family. The blue color which dominates has been obtained by the use of lapis lazuli, one of the most precious and expensive mineral stones in the 17th century.

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Founded: 1545
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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ramesh khetani (3 years ago)
Elegant, still occupied 16 C Chateau with notable portrait collection and extensive Renaissance Park, Chateau de Beauregard, Loire valley France Europe.
Bubble Vif (3 years ago)
Beautiful park, quiet and relaxing. The guide tour in the castle is very interesting and informative. In the park, there are some explanation to certain Kings and Bishops. Very informative for people who are interested by French and European history. A great place for family picnic.
Erwin van Leijenhorst (4 years ago)
Amazing chateau. It’s worth every euro for entrance, just because of the Galerie des Illustres. It’s the French who’s who from the 16th and 17th century, as well as that of the pope’s court during that time. We easily spend 1.5 hours in that room alone.
Mike Shakespeare (5 years ago)
Difficult to find and the owner sits and stamps your tickets. Not many rooms to view but wonderful. A hidden unspoilt gem.
Rolf Nygaard (5 years ago)
Beautiful portrait room. Very quiet place without too many tourists.
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