A medieval ideal
Chateau de Pierrefonds is immense in more ways than one. Built for the prince of Orléans in the 14th century it is – along with the chateau at La Ferté-Milon in Aisne – a key architectural masterpiece of the period. It was destroyed before being reborn as a Neo-Gothic residence and beautiful Medieval palace under the guidance of famous architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc (1857). He used stunning polychromatic painting styles to reinterpret the building with decadence and artistry. Viollet-le-Duc’s colourful décor flows right through Chateau de Pierrefonds, including into the chapel and through the vast Salles de Preuses, a magical room that stretches for an incredible 170 feet (52 metres). Sculptural decorations also adorn the grand interiors and help illustrate feudal life in the Middle Ages in an archaeological style.