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Paris Chapter: Day Trip to Essonne (Château de Jeurre & Le Domaine de Méréville)

Paris Chapter

Thursday, October 8, 9:15 am - 6:00 pm

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Join the Paris Chapter to discover the Domaine départemental de Méréville, an historic monument, the last and most successful example of a picturesque garden from the end of the 18th century in Europe. We will be welcomed by the President of the Department of Essonne, François Durovray. The visit will be led by Odile-Marie Tombarello, scientific attaché to the Domaine. Designed for the Marquis de Laborde, Louis XV’s banker, who surrounded himself with the most prestigious architects and landscapers of his time, François-Joseph Bélanger and then Hubert Robert, to create an Anglo-Chinese garden. The Juine River was diverted to create islands, bends and lakes, artificial landscapes and caves were built to surprise the visitor during his bucolic stroll. The Department, which has owned the site since 2000, has rendered its former splendor to this heritage treasure. The historic paths have been reconstructed and the restoration of the lakes and follies are underway.

We will continue for a visit of the Château de Jeurre where we will be welcomed by the Comtesse de Saint-Léon and her son, Jacques de Crussol, the Duc d’Uzès. Their domain is home to various follies dismantled from the park of Méréville including the Temple of Filial Piety and other elements of Parisian monuments saved from destruction. Charming boxwood alleys connect the different sites.

In French.

Cost: 120€

BUS with 50 seats limited to 20-25 people

Departure: Place du Trocadéro between ave. Paul Doumer and Georges Mandel,  Métro : Trocadéro

To enroll, please contact: paris@frenchheritagesociety.org


Thursday, October 8
9:15 am - 6:00 pm