Arnay-le-Duc, Cote-d'Or, Bourgogne
Completed circa 1530, for Charles Merlan de Beaumont, Seigneur de Juilly, who was the fiscal Receiver-General for the region. Thirty years later, it was given to the Chabot-Charny family to settle a debt and in 1570 the future King Henri IV stayed here prior to the Battle of d'Arnay-le-Duc. In 1634, it was acquired by the Prince Henri II Bourbon-Condé (1588-1646) who carried out various improvements. Over the years it passed through many different families and in 1747 it was used as a prison for Dutch prisoners of war. Becoming derelict, towards the end of the 20th century many of its original furnishings were sold and dispersed to various corners of the world: one of the original fireplaces can currently be seen in the library at The Breakers in Newport. Today, it is used an educational center for handicapped children and adults.
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 21/01/2019 and last updated on 12/10/2020.
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