Château de Gerbéviller

Gerbéviller, France

The Château de Gerbéviller site has been occupied since at least the 12th century. The present buildings date from the 17th to 19th centuries, and include the chateau, a theater, a chapel, a pavilion and a unique water nymphaeum.

The present chateau was built by Camille de Lambertye-Gerbéviller during the reign of Louis XV (1710–1774). It was built sometime before 1750 by Germain Boffrand.

The Palatine Chapel, opposite the castle outside the domain, has changed considerably over the centuries. There are records of a chapel in 1050, when the house of Lorraine rebuilt part of the choir. Around 1326 Jen Wisse built a nave and the sepulchral chapel that forms today's choir. It holds the tombs of the lords of Gerbéviller. It was enlarged in the 15th century, and used as a parish church. The chapel was again enlarged in the 17th century. Christine Claude du Châtelet gave it to the Carmelites in 1618. The chapel and Carmelite convent were sold as national property during the Revolution.

The Marquis Ernest de Lambertye (1789-1862) redesigned the chapel almost entirely, thinking of offering it as an asylum for Pope Pius IX, who was in danger of being driven from his Papal States at the time of the unification of the Kingdom of Italy.

The chateau and chapel were badly damaged during World War I, but have been repaired. They have been protected under various designations since 1945, and since February 1996 have had an overall designation as a historical monument. The park of the chateau with its views over the valley of Mortagne has been a classified natural site since 1999.



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Founded: 18th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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betty NICKLER (3 months ago)
A magnificent park.....
anthony amet (7 months ago)
Visit of the castle at 5€ where you cannot visit the castle, yes yes that's right, it's not even a joke. The park is maintained just at the foot of the trees, the rest is totally wild. The nymphaeum is not maintained, the statues are broken and there are no signs indicating what could be visited or what it is. In addition, the Palatine Chapel is prohibited from access. In short, if you want to invest €5 in our beautiful heritage, make a donation to Stéphane BERN.
Hervé SERRIERE (11 months ago)
Very nice park, regularly maintained. You can easily spend 2 to 3 hours walking around in this relaxing green setting. Do not miss, among others, the Nymphée, unique in France, and the red pavilion.
Philippe CLAUDON (19 months ago)
Great site. Former command post of General Leclerc de Hautecloque during the Second World War. Have.
Didier JACQUOT (2 years ago)
An astonishing timeless castle with some wonders hidden in lush greenery.
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