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Castles and remarkable houses

Castles

The Castle of Maintenon is located in the heart of the Eure valley, this castle once belonged to Françoise d'Aubigné, the Marquise de Maintenon. Today, it is home to a splendid French-style garden loyal to the spirit of Le Nôtre, the gardener to Louis XIV. Inside, the 17th and 19th century apartments display a wealth of period furniture.

Remarkable houses

The "Maison du Saumon"

True place of visit, very close to the cathedral, this building, from the second part of the 15th century and the early 16th century, presents in a funny and pedagogical way the tourist wealth of the city of Chartres. This place proposes divers exhibitions in relation with Chartres and the tourism.

This house is also the Tourist Office of Chartres Urban Area.

The Picassiette House

Built and decorated between 1930 and 1962 with pieces of broken crockery and earthenware, the Picasiette House is a unique example of Naive Art… an house which arouses amazement and admiration to deserve her visits. Since 2016, the house is labelled "20th century heritage".

The Episcopal Palace

Stroll through the Evêché gardens which offer one of the most beautiful views of the old town. These gardens are classified historical monuments since 1941. Discover also the Episcopal Palace, composed of several buildings built from the 12th century, reworked and completed over time and completed in the 18th century. Famous persons have lodged in this edifice: Henry IV during his coronation in 1594 and Napoleon in 1811.
The Palace houses the Fine Arts Museum which offers rich and varied collections (paintings of Zurbaran and Soutine, important Vlaminck fonds, sculptures, furniture, enamels and collection of glass objects from Navarre...).

Frescoes and facaces

The Bel Air Frescoes

A group composed of a project manager, an artistic director, and three designers and six muralist painters, was involved in this project: three months has been necessary to design these frescoes and nine for the achievement. Four buildings, that is to say a surface area of 4,000m2, have seen their grayish walls disappeared to leave the place to colored ones. Now there are shimmering colors under the form of diverse trompe-l’oeil.

Chartres on stage

After the Bel Air frescoes, the city of Chartres reiterates in the field of trompe l’oeil realising a new frescoe in the city center to commemorate Général Marceau showing a cinema scene. For this creation, around 300 litres of paint were used to cover an area of 170m2.

Frescoe of the cinema "Les Enfants du Paradis"

This third site opened in 2017 is on the sacred monsters of French cinema.

Le Pichet: Art Deco facade not to be missed!

Art Deco facade of the restaurant Pichet 3 created for the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900.