Built as a summer residence for Prince-Bishop Jean-Conrad de Reinach, Delémont Castle was completed by architect Pierre Racine in 1721. Located in what is now the old town, it consists of a huge baroque complex standing between a courtyard and garden. Today, it is home to the town’s elementary schools.

The castle garden was restored in 2003 based on the original design of the baroque garden. It is divided into eight large squares surrounding a fountain. The first four squares bordering the water are lawned, while those on the eastern and western edges of the garden comprise large slabs made from white limestone concrete. The former orangery in the west of the garden was used as a synagogue from 1880 to 1909.

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Founded: 1716-1721
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland

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Nestor Alavez (5 months ago)
Pretty place. Not much to do there. Check out chocolatw shop across the street, as well as cheese store
Jimmy Juillerat (12 months ago)
Mon école dans la classe de Jacques rebetez et de france morel de Mme Monique chèvre et Mme dîna hermann que de bon souvenir
Mehdi Guyot (14 months ago)
lieu très sympa pour un apéro dans le parc du château ( ferme à 22h )
Dominique Friche (16 months ago)
Beau bâtiment avec un bel historique.
Emmenegger Olivier (17 months ago)
Construit par le prince-évêque Jean-Conrad de Reinach, l'imposant édifice baroque, mêlant des influences françaises et allemandes, occupe l'emplacement d'un manoir médiéval à l'angle sud-ouest de la ville ancienne. Le bâtiment principal, flanqué de deux courtes ailes du côté cour, s'élève sur un impressionnant socle en pierre de taille à bossages reposant en contrebas sur une terrasse aménagée en jardin. Le plus grand ouvrage architectural jamais entrepris à Delémont a été réalisé entre 1716 et 1721 sous la direction du Jurassien Pierre Racine. Vendu comme bien national après l'annexion de l'Evêché de Bâle par la France révolutionnaire, le Château a été racheté par la Ville en 1821. Depuis le XIXe siècle, l'ancienne résidence princière sert de bâtiment scolaire.
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