Château d'O is one of the old country mansions or follies surrounding the French city of Montpellier. It was built by wealthy merchants from the 18th century onwards. The South entrance leads to the 18th century mansion, while North entrance leads to modern buildings, with Théâtre Jean-Claude Carrière. It is now a main sight of the city of Montpellier.



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Founded: 1743-1750
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in France

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Catherine Muller (4 years ago)
J adore ce lieu, le parc est magnifique.. Très calme le week-end.. J ai l impression d être loin de Montpellier...très dépaysant...
Mackie McIntosh (4 years ago)
An old mansion that is now an event space. I wouldn't exactly call it a "chateau".
Junio Cezar (5 years ago)
Beautiful place.
Somesh Kumar (5 years ago)
Nice restaurant
andre (6 years ago)
Excellent place to visit if you just want to relax. Not much to see, just a nice big park with some tables to go for a 《pique nique》. You can take a bike in Montpellier for just 0.5€/hour and ride to the château, once you arrive, it is possible to leave them in the parking lot. It is 20-25 min by bike from the city center, so you'll find a quiet and relaxing environment to spend the afternoon.
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