Castle of Ancy le Franc

An amazing Renaissance palace on the lands of the Dukes of Burgundy.
One of the largest collection of Renaissance murals in France make Ancy-le-Franc a direct contender of the Fontainebleau chateau.
The chateau is the masterpiece of the famous Italian architect Sébastiano Serlio*, master of symmetry and 16th century architecture,  summoned to the French court by François I.

*Disciple of Bramante’s, later author of Seven Books of Architecture (I sette libri dell’architettura), he brought with him the exhilarating brilliance of the Italian Renaissance.

Ancy-le-Franc, raised (1542-1550) for the benefactor, Antoine III of Clermont-Tallard, brother-in-law of Diane de Poitiers, is an outstanding  jewel of Renaissance. Set in the centre of a large park in Burgundy (border of the region Champagne), on the banks of the canal, situated near Chablis, Dijon and Beaune, a few hours from Paris (1hr by highspeed train). The immense quadrilateral, 4 equal wings around one of the most original and beautiful sculpted court yards, will make history for centuries, a pure architectural revolution.

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The 16th C. architectural and artistic jewel, today classified historic monument, houses a sumptuous interior attributed to the most celebrated Italian, Flemish and Burgundy artists of the 16th and 17th century. You will discover breath-taking murals, long passageways, dating from the early Italianate Fontainebleau school, the royal apartment, chambers, antichambers, chapel, guard’s hall, … A unique journey through five centuries of History!

Since July 1999 a team of experts have dedicated themselves to a detailed survey of the inventory and condition of the building to prepare for an exceptional restoration, that will be worthy of the special character of the Palace of Ancy-le-Franc.
Among the significant series of restoration works undertaken, comprises the courtyard, the Pharsale gallery, the Chamber of Diane, …. included the recent East and West gardens. Last mentioned project, the expanded East parterre is a bold master stroke.

Due to the innovative and spectacular character of this projet; no historic reconstitution, but the meeting of historic research, drawings and outlines à la française combined with contemporary interpretation, inspiration from an early 17th C decor inside the castle (the Flower Room, 1620). Four delicate tableaux de fleurs have taken root in the garden, transposed outside in monumental style, blown a hundredfold on the new parterre. The visitors of Ancy le Franc can since 2018 enjoy the awesome project, as the overwhelming view from the 1st floor!
“Château d’Ancy-le-Franc, an architectural pioneer in the sixteenth century, is breaking new ground in garden restoration in the twenty-first.”     Topiarius Magazine, Summer 2018

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Among the many treasures of Ancy le Franc : lavished decorated apartments, flamboyant 16th C art, historic park and gardens, ongoing events, tours at your convenience (on your own pace, guided or audio guided (5-10 languages), special visits or exhibitions for kids, art exhibitions, classic concerts with Musicancy,  night visits by candlelight, wine fair & carnival like in Venice, private group tours, wine tastings, French Cooking lessons,….and lots of surprises during the season.

conférence sur les jardins d'Ancy le Franc journées du patrimoine The East parterre, just nominated for the French Victoires du Paysage 2018.
(French TV coverage TF1 during the work in progress in 2017)

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