Château de Commercy

Commercy, France

Château de Commercy was built to the site of 13th century castle on the small hill adjacent to Maas/Meuse river. The current Baroque palace was built by Charles of Lorraine in early 1700s. The castle was later owned also by Stanisław Leszczyński, the former king of Poland. After his death the area was used by cavalry and left to decay until 20th century. Today it is restored.


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Founded: 18th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in France

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