The Château de Dampierre was built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1675–1683 for the duc de Chevreuse in French Baroque style. Protected behind fine wrought iron double gates, the main block and its outbuildings, linked by balustrades, are ranged symmetrically around a dry paved and gravelled cour d'honneur (three-sided courtyard). Behind, the central axis is extended between the former parterres, now mown hay. The park with formally shaped water was laid out by André Le Nôtre. There are sumptuous interiors.

The grande galerie was reconstructed for the amateur archaeologist and collector, Honoré Théodore Paul Joseph d'Albert, duc de Luynes, under the direction of antiquarian architect Félix Duban. Sculptor Pierre-Charles Simart contributed Hellenic friezes and reliefs for the project. Ingres' Age of Gold remains as testament to the abortive project of decorating it in fresco, not Ingres' habitual medium.

The park, which lost many trees in the storm of 26 December 1999, offers a formal canal and an eighteenth-century garden folly.

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DAVID CORNET (2 years ago)
Vue de la demie-lune. Place du chateau. Ambiance feutrée sous la neige. Vivement la réouverture du parc le 30 mars 2019. Merci au propriétaire!
JPh CANU (3 years ago)
Un parc exceptionnel et inattendu puisque présent a l'arrière et sur le côté du château ! En revanche le château en lui-même aurait besoin d'une remise en état !
Michael 2040 jackson 60 years 2018 *yes come back! (3 years ago)
le château Dampierre ,un lieu magnifique. j'ai fais l'ouverture du restaurant du château ,et j'en suis fière.le service était au top ,la mise à table sans fauce note .le service était à la française authentique. mon intuition me dit que c'est Michael *Jackson qui à achète le château avec la bibliothèque historique
gildas berthelot (3 years ago)
Ce lieu magique de la Vallée de Chevreuse la visite en raison de son parc gigantesque (400 hectares ) dont les jeux de miroirs et les dessins de Le Nôtre sont la marque. Le dénuement de plantations nous laisse admirer les lignes des plans d'eau et les magnifiques arbres centenaires. Seul regret, la fermeture pour travaux d'un patrimoine en perdition que le nouveau propriétaire vient de lancer
Yannick L'Brode (3 years ago)
Jolie ballade autour de la pièce d eau.
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