Château de Marchais

The Château de Marchais is an historic château in Marchais, Aisne, near Laon in northern France.

Château de Marchais
Le chateau de marchais INHA.jpg
Late 19th century drawing
General information
Town or cityMarchais, Aisne
Coordinates49°35′12″N 3°48′49″E / 49.5866°N 3.8135°E / 49.5866; 3.8135Coordinates: 49°35′12″N 3°48′49″E / 49.5866°N 3.8135°E / 49.5866; 3.8135
Completed16th century
OwnerAlbert II, Prince of Monaco


The château was built in the 16th century.[1] It was purchased in 1553 by Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine, a member of the House of Guise.[2] From 1836 to 1854, the château belonged to Senator Achille Joseph Delamare.[3]

It has been in the possession of the Monégasque princely family since 1854.[1][4] Prince Albert I of Monaco married Lady Mary Victoria Hamilton at the château in 1869.[5] Prince Charles III of Monaco died there in 1889.

In 1927, Léon-Honoré Labande, the archivist of the Prince's Palace of Monaco, authored Le château et la baronnie de Marchais. During the Battle of France, Louis II, Prince of Monaco, remained in possession of the chateau until forced to leave by the advance of German troops on May 17, 1940.[6]

The property contains two farms; its acreage is six times the size of the principality of Monaco. In the mid-1980s, Prince Rainier III of Monaco acquired a herd of camels, an African buffalo and two guanacos from a bankrupt zoo, and placed them at the château.[7]

Further readingEdit

  • Labande, Léon-Honoré (1927). Le château et la baronnie de Marchais. Paris: H. Champion. OCLC 19942736.


  1. ^ a b "Patrimoine : Le vrai trésor des Grimaldi". Le Point. May 12, 2005. Archived from the original on 2014-01-03. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  2. ^ Carroll, Stuart (1998). Noble Power During the French Wars of Religion: The Guise Affinity and the Catholic Cause in Normandy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 27. ISBN 9780521023870. OCLC 37742308.
  3. ^ Fouquet, Vincent (December 27, 2014). "La Picardie est liée à vie à l'histoire de Monaco". Courrier Picard. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  4. ^ Tissot, Nathalie (May 23, 2015). "Le château de Marchais, le pied-à-terre axonais de la famille princière de Monaco". France 3. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  5. ^ "Burke's Peerage - The Princely Family of Monaco". Burke's Peerage website. Burke's Peerage. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  6. ^ "La campagne de France 1939-1940". Guerres Mondiales et Conflits Contemporains (in French). Presses Universitaires de France. 1 (201): 151. 2001. doi:10.3917/gmcc.201.0151. ISBN 9782130519461.
  7. ^ Jeffrey Robinson (5 May 2015). Grace of Monaco: The True Story. Da Capo Press. p. 76. ISBN 978-1-60286-242-5.