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A Renaissance Castle

Gravure du château par Charles PenséeDessins de Charles Pensée (1868)Grilles d'honneurVue du château côté jardin (début XXe)Les métayers de la ferme de Chamerolles dans la cour du châteauIntérieur du vestibule du château (début XXe)Dans les cuisines (début XXe)Tour Nord-Ouest écroulée en 1925Réfection du château en 1960Vue aérienne du château après sa restaurationAVANT la restauration : vue aérienne du châteauAPRES la restauration : grille d'entrée du châteauAVANT la restauration (1982) : grille d'entrée du châteauAPRES la restauration : tour de la chapelle du châteauAVANT la restauration : tour de la chapelle du châteauAPRES la restauration : la chapelle du châteauAVANT la restauration : la chapelle du châteauAPRES la restauration : la galerie hauteAVANT la restauration : la galerie hauteAPRES la restauration : le salon Charles XAVANT la restauration : le salon Charles X

A 12th century stronghold is proved to have existed. Between 1500 and 1530, Lancelot 1st Du Lac, chamberlain of Louis XII and governor of Orléans, undertakes the reconstruction of the old house of Chamerolles in order to turn it into a genuine pleasure castle according to Renaissance standards. The choice in architecture (polychromatic brick pattern, covered arcade...) takes on the well-known Louis XII wing of the 1500 Blois castle.

In 1672, Chamerolles belongs to Jacques Saumery. He is governor of the Chambord royal castle and the Blois county, marshall of the king's armies and grand master of Ile-de-France forestry. In 1774, the castle is handed over to the Lambert family and in 1924 to Gaston Jessé-Curély. Occupied, ransacked, despoiled during WWII, it is offered for sale in 1970.

In 1976 the CITY of Paris is in charge of Chamerolles. Neglected, the castle goes to rack and ruin. In 1987, this wonder of architecture from the 16th century becomes part of the Loiret Local heritage. The County Council then undertakes an ambitious restauration of the castle. Most of its  attractive Renaissance look style has been restored. Nowadays, Chamerolles is dedicated to the history of perfume making and associated areas such as hygiene.