Château de Fère-en-Tardenois
Construction of the original castle bagan in 1206. Little of that remains today. It had seven towers on an enormous artificial motte whose slopes were covered in slabs of sandstone and served as a model for numerous other castles. The connétable Anne de Montmorency, companion of Francis I, transformed the castle around 1528. In 1555, he enlarged it with the addition of the famous Renaissance Gallery. These works were carried out by the architect Jean Bullant (who constructed the gallery at the Château de Chenonceaux) and, possibly, the sculptor Jean Goujon, which would explain the quality of the sculptures, the stone and the colours.
Ownership of the castle is shared by the département and a private company. It is open to the public. The Château de Fère-en-Tardenois has been listed since 1862 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.
- Ministry of Culture listing for Château de Fère-en-Tardenois (French)
- Ministry of Culture photos
- Ministry of Culture listing for château fort (French)
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