Grignan Castle

Witness of a royal life in Provence

Travel through 1000 years of history in this beautiful castle, famous throughout the letters of the Marquise de Sévigné. From its terraces, you can discover a 360° panorama on Provence.

A Renaissance and classical palace

At the heart of the Drôme Provençale, built on a rocky promontory, Grignan Castle overlooks the village. Witness of Renaissance architecture and French classicism, the building has had a turbulent history. Castle mentioned in the 11th century, it was transformed during the Renaissance into a prestigious pleasure house by the Adhémar family.

In the 17th century, the Marquise de Sevigne stayed there with her daughter Françoise-Marguerite who became, by marriage, Countess of Grignan. The marquise’s letters to her daughter will make her a famous letter-writer and will greatly contribute to the notoriety of the place. Dismantled at the time of the Revolution and then rebuilt at the beginning of the 20th century by Marie Fontaine, it belongs since 1979 to the Department of Drôme which pursues an ambitious program of restorations and acquisitions. Classified as a historic monument in 1993 and labeled Musée de France, the Château de Grignan offers visitors precious testimonials on the art of living at different times. The castle organizes every summer a theatrical event, the nocturnal feasts, and offers throughout the year a cultural program.

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