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Germolles

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71640 Germolles (Mellecey)

  • XII
  • XIV

Visits guided

  • - March 13 to April 30: 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. (closed Mondays; open April 18)
  • - May 1 to June 30: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. (closed on Mondays)
  • - July 1 to August 31: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2, 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. every day (closed on July 2 & 16)
  • - September 1 to October 16: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. closed on Mondays
  • - October 17 to November 13: 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. (closed Monday & October 23)
  • - November 14 to December 31: groups by prior appointment.
  • - During closing periods, possible group visits by prior appointment

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In 1380, Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, bought the stronghold of Germolles for his wife Margaret of Flanders.

The Duchess transformed it into a luxurious home with the help of the finest sculptors and artists of the Burgundian School (Claus Sluter, Jean de Beaumetz).

The tour includes the cellar, the lower chapel, the two towers guarding the entrance which are the remains of the original fortress, the great reception room, the ducal chapel and apartments, as well as those of the courtiers.

The painted and sculptured sets, including the floor tiles, demonstrate the quality of the castle. The hamlet adjoining the castle and a 19th century park set out in the English style complete the setting. Germolles is not only one of the few palatial and princely residences of that time in France but also the only country estate of the Dukes of Burgundy that has been preserved so extensively.