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Dampierre Castle Travel Guide
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Dampierre Castle.

Introduction

Located in Dampierre-en-Yvelines, in the Vallée de Chevreuse, Dampierre is a large ducal château built by Mansart in the French Baroque style.


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History

Dampierre Castle was built between 1675 and 1683 by the celebrated French architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart, who made his name by enlarging the Royal Castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, then designing much of Versailles Palace.

The castle was commissioned by Charles Honoré d'Albert, Duke of Luynes and Duke of Chevreuse. The duke was the son-in-law of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, who served for 18 years as Minister of Finances under Louis XIV.

Opening Hours & Admission

Dampierre Castle is open daily from 1st April to 30th September, from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm (Sundays and national holidays from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm). Visits are by guided tours only and last 45 minutes.

Admission to the castle and garden is 10 € for adults, 8 € for concessions, and 2 € for children under 10 years old. Access to the garden only is 6.5 / 5 €.

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