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Paysage à Saint Ustre

On foot by bike

The castle of Ormes

The castle of Ormes, overlooking the valley of the Vienne, was built in 1642. It was enlarged in 1729 by Marc-Pierre Voyer d’Argenson, the friend of the Enlightenment and philosophers who dedicated him the Encyclopedia. It sheltered famous guests, especially Voltaire.
Visitors can visit the main courtyard, the large marble gallery, the Pussort wing, the Argenson wing, the high reception rooms, the ancient kitchens of the 17th and 18th centuries and a recently restored 17th century cooler.

Distance 12 km

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Published on: 29 May 2018  -  Filed under: On foot by bike

Castle of Guerche

Built in the 15th century on the bank of the Creuse, La Guerche castle was a residential, but also defensive. The overall architecture of the site is a remarkable example of the art of building in the 15th century, and highlights the historical importance of the castle. A landscaped garden, planted in the 19th century, is free to walk.
The two vaulted basement floors contain the artillery casemates, the adjoining granaries and the seigniorial prison. The numerous graffiti engraved in the tuffeau stone by guards and prisoners tell, more anecdotally, the “stories” of the castle of La Guerche. The visit of the salons allows an immersion in the history of art, and allows to enter the intimacy of those who have marked the history of the castle as the Marquis d’Argenson or Raoul de Crouy, whose work pictorial fits fully into the romantic current …

Distance 13 km

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Published on: 21 May 2018  -  Filed under: On foot by bike