The Chateau de Grignan was the magnificent residence of Madame de Sévigné, it is perched on a hill in the heart of the Drome.
A turbulent story
In the heart of the Drôme Provençale, dominating plains and mountains, the Château de Grignan is built on a rocky promontory overlooking the village. Witness to Renaissance architecture and French classicism, the building has had a turbulent history. Fortified castle mentioned as early as the 11th century, it was transformed during the Renaissance into a prestigious pleasure residence by the Adhémar family. In the 17th century, the Marquise de Sévigné stayed there with her daughter Françoise-Marguerite. Dismantled during the Revolution and then rebuilt at the beginning of the 20th century, it has belonged since 1979 to the Department of Drôme, which is pursuing an ambitious program of restorations and acquisitions.
Labeled Museum of France
Classified as a Historic Monument in 1993 and labeled Museum of France, the Chateau de Grignan offers visitors precious testimonies on the art of living at different times. This enchanting place also offers a cultural program throughout the year: theatre, music… And also find all our offers of tourist and cultural experiences in the area. The castle of Grignan, labeled Museum of France in 2002, is a unique place in the Drôme thanks to the quality of its collections and its decorations. Works and objects of art adorn the apartments and reception rooms on the three levels of the large residence. The varied decorative ensembles reflect a place enriched by the contribution of the families who succeeded one another. Paintings and decorative works of art from the 16th to the 20th century, of French and Italian production, make up the bulk of the collections.
An extraordinary building
Recent research by art historians and heritage restorers has considerably enriched the knowledge of these pieces. They restore the meaning of the artistic contexts of their orders and their productions, while highlighting the originality and quality of each of the objects. Variations in materials and shapes, ornamental details, fine workmanship, sources of inspiration are all elements that delight the discerning or neophyte eye. Originals and old copies come together here. In this decor reconstituted according to the inventories of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries of the castle, the visitor wanders according to the colors, images and material effects. Beds, seats, chandeliers, tapestries, paintings, prints, ceramics, cartels and other elements evoke inside what the architecture reflects outside : the taste for splendor and the elegance of an art of living in a extraordinary building.