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Review: Châteauneuf-en-Osoua (France, Cote d’Or) – The Châteauneuf castle keeps history since the 12th century, the evil fate of its owners (photo)

Today I want to continue my series of reviews of an unforgettable road trip through magnificent France.

What associations does France conjure up for you? Wine, cheese, lavender, Paris? And I can add to this list medieval castles, of which there are a huge number in France and it is impossible to visit them all in one trip.

Today my review will be about Château de Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, which is located in the Côte d’Or in the Burgundy region of France.

It was my first castle we visited in France, I can tell you frankly, not the best, but interesting nonetheless.

To the Châteauneuf-en-Osoua (Côte d’Or, France) we left from the city of Dijon, where we spent the night, you can read my review about this city, which is the home of the French “Dijon” mustard.

I recommend the town to visit, as it is just wonderful, as are the towns we stopped in and slept in before that.

From Dijon we had to make a detour to get to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, our next overnight was in Beaune. The distance from Dijon to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois is 45 kilometers, a very scenic road.

Châteauneuf-en-Auxois is one of the most popular castles of Burgundy region and the department of Cote-d’Or. The Châteauneuf-en-Auxois receives tourists the whole year round, there are no seasons here, as many castles operate for example only in summer.

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This is what the Châteauneuf Castle looks like from the road. It stands on a fork of two roads from Beon to Puili and back. On a big green mountain and towering above the area 435 meters, the monument of the Middle Ages majestically rises, which is simply wonderful preserved to this day.

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Châteauneuf-en-Auxois is a typical medieval military castle built according to all the rules of the genre. It was built by Jean de Chaudenay in 1132 for his youngest son as the eldest son would receive the family castle and the youngest son would receive the new Châteauneuf. So Jean, who later became known as Jean Châteauneuf the first. The first buildings were built in the XII century, but major alterations and additions were made to the castle in the XV century. already subsequent owners.

Not many castles can boast such a large number of owners, as the castle passed from hand to hand. There is even a legend that almost all owners of the castle were childless or no heirs were born, but only girls, and many ended their lives very tragically. Although for me there is nothing magical about it, just the times were like that.

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This is what the entrance to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois looks like. Entrance is paid, just to walk around the territory is not possible, only the magnificent village near the castle.

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The walls of the Châteauneuf-en-Auxois castle have survived many centuries. That’s exactly where the history is in stone The oldest tower in the castle was built back in the 12th century.

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The inner courtyard of Châteauneuf Castle, here you can see the well, and next to it the oldest tower of the castle.

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I would call it the fire escape, the exit from the castle to the inner courtyard from the second floor.

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This is what Châteauneuf Castle looks like inside. The walls have retained their former appearance and the glazed tile floor is well preserved.

The walls of this castle witnessed a terrible tragedy. The last of the Châteauneuf family, Catherine was the last of this noble family. At the age of 20, she became the sole owner of the castle, she is forcibly married, for the sake of the unification of lands and strengthen the status of Burgundy Philip the Good, to a rich noble landowner for Jacques d’Aussonville. He was old and ugly and young Catherine, unable to protest against the marriage, had to put up with her unhappy fate. For 10 years, old Jacques d’Aussonville tried to have an heir, but according to some sources, Catherine resorted to the tricks of the local witch doctor to prevent this from happening. She did not wish to continue her lineage with her old husband, although it was the heir who would be the rightful owner of the castle.

Catherine loved her Château de Châteauneuf-en-Auxois very much. But she had to leave it because her jealous husband took her away from everyone to his domain. It was only after he was old that Catherine resumed her trips to Châteauneuf.

Here she met her cousin, who was younger than her by 25 years. Passion immediately broke out between lovers. And when it was impossible to hide it, her husband forbade her to go to the castle. But love and despair did their work. Catherine de Châteauneuf and Giraud de Parmentier, her young lover plot to kill Jacques d’Aussonville. To poison them with a pie. And all would have gone according to plan and no one would have suspected anything, well the old man died and died, if the pie was not eaten by the maid and also would not have died. The brother of the deceased denounced Catherine and her lover and they were arrested.

On March 13, 1456 the Countess d’Aussonville, Catherine de Châteauneuf – was burned at the stake in Paris, as was her lover. That’s how the Châteauneuf family ended, who had owned this castle for more than 300 years.

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After Catherine’s death, Philip of Good Bungur gives the château to Catherine’s cousin, who were in love with each other, but Catherine had to marry someone else.

It is Philip Pot who makes the biggest alterations to the castle, perhaps to change the setting after his cousin’s death. He also shoots a chapel to the castle. It is also where he will be buried when he dies and leaves no children behind. Philip Pote’s grave.

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An icon painted on the walls of the chapel depicting Jesus and the apostles, the apostles separated from each other by black and red stripes. An icon that looked more like a coat of arms.

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The main fireplace room, here the motto of Philip Pote is still on the mantelpiece.

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In the next hall is a model of a castle.

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The first floor is decorated as closely as possible to the real environment of its first owners. Old tapestries, furniture.

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The bathroom and the first toilet in the castle.

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The room of Catherine and her husband.

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View from the window into the courtyard.

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Here is the second floor, which is already more modern.

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The tour was very good and interesting, yes there are more interesting castles, so this one was unexpectedly small. But together with the nice village near the castle – I recommend it.

Cost of entry was 8 euros, without a guide to walk around the castle by ourselves, we were given a translation of the story in Russian, which tells about the castle.

Sightseeing in France – Palace-Castle of Anne


The Château d’Anet is a monument of French Renaissance architecture built for Diane de Poitiers, a favorite of King Henry II. The great Renaissance architect, Philibert Delorme, was commissioned to build this palace.

It was given the status of a historical monument on March 25, 1993. Ane is the first palace complex where the building of the castle itself was designed taking into account the adjoining park.

History of Ane Palace-Chateau

The history of the castle is inseparably connected with the names of the King of France Henry II and Diana de Poitiers. The first written mention of Anetum dates back to the beginning of the XII century. At the same time and was built on this site a fortress with four towers, later destroyed in 1378. In 1444, King Charles VII gave these lands to Pierre de Brézé for his services in the Hundred Years’ War and the conquest of Normandy.

After his son Jacques de Brézé was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife and her lover, all his estates passed to the king. After the subsequent reversal of the death sentence, all titles were returned to Jacques de Brézé. And his heir, Louis de Brézé, at the age of 67, married the fifteen-year-old Diane de Poitiers. At the age of 39, Diana, appointed curate and teacher of good manners to Henry II, becomes his favorite. By the way, she was 20 years older than the king.

It was under her leadership that the construction of the castle was carried out. The date 1552, the year of completion, is preserved on the gates of Anne. After Diana’s death in 1566, the palace often remained abandoned and was repeatedly exposed to destruction. The castle’s subsequent owner, Marshal Louis Joseph de Vendôme, made substantial alterations to both the exterior and interior of the palace. In the right wing, the Diana Gallery was replaced by living quarters, and the left wing by a vast hall with a magnificent staircase.

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The windows on the first floor are converted into doors, simple glass is installed instead of the famous stained-glass windows, the unique green ceramic tiles on the floor are replaced by black and white marble, the gallery, greenhouse and aviaries are destroyed to break up the gardens. After his death, several years passed before the château found a new owner who undertook the reconstruction and restoration of the château.


The Duchesse du Men used the money from the sale of the library of Diane de Poitiers to decorate the ceilings of several rooms. Subsequently, her sons arranged the irrigation system for the gardens and kept the château in good condition. After the transfer of the rights to the château to the French admiral, the Duc de Panthieu, the château underwent virtually no alterations. After his death, the revolutionaries used part of the castle premises and looted the tomb of the king’s favorite.

The territory of the castle was divided into four parts and sold by lots. As a result, everything that could be separated was sold – doors, windows, fireplaces, floors, etc.

Thanks to the efforts of Alexandre Lenoir, creator of the monuments of France in Paris, the state bought back some of the rarities, which were preserved and transported to Paris. Among the treasures saved were a sarcophagus made of black marble, which was used as a container for feeding pigs; an altar made by Pierre Bontana and the Diana and the Deer fountain. And in 1804, the master of the castle, Demonti, destroyed the right wing and the central building and destroyed all the trees in the garden.

It was only after the Duchess of Orleans bought the castle in 1820 that work began on its restoration. After her death, in 1840, the castle was acquired by Count Adolphe de Caraman, who recreated the main gate, the chapel and its façade in harmony with the style of the monument and restored the sculptures of a deer and dogs. In its original form, thanks to a built-in mechanism, the deer could wave its antlers and the dogs could wiggle their hind legs. An English park was laid out on the site of the old neglected gardens.

In 1860, Ferdinand Moreau, deputy of the Seine department, became the new owner of the palace. He and his descendants made a significant contribution to the restoration of the palace and the lost valuables. He returned to the palace the Diane de Poitiers box, which had been in a local inn, furniture, stained-glass windows, decorative objects, folios, engravings, and 16th-century tapestries. He also bought the grounds of the Great Park and restored the fountains.

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During World War I, Ane was the site of a military hospital. World War II bombing raids destroyed the monastery with folios and furniture, and caused significant damage to the forest park. Since 1971, Jean de Youtubes has lived in Ana, who, with his family, is still working on its restoration.

General information on the Château d’Ané

On the Loire River in the Eure-et-Loire department, 10km north of the rich game forests of the Dreux (55km north of Chartres), 80km west of Paris. The main gate of the castle is a triumphal arch in honor of Diana, the goddess of the hunt, a name with which Diana de Poitiers associated herself. Her love of the hunt was instilled in her by her husband, the nobleman Louis de Brézé.


Behind the main gate is a chapel built in the shape of a Greek cross, which is the first structure to be covered by a circular dome. The drawing of the dome corresponds to the ornamentation on the floor of the chapel. Above the entrance is the balcony from which Diana listened to Mass. The carved panels on the doors with the coats of arms of Henry II and Diana are still in place. In 1979, the altar made to sketches by F. Delorme was returned here from the Louvre. Under the floor of the chapel is the family crypt of the family of Jean de Youtubes.

Only the west wing, in which the family of the castle’s owner lives, has been preserved in its original form to this day. Part of the apartments, however, are open to the public. They have preserved the original interior decoration, including the floor covered with green tiles of the XVI century, furniture of the XVI-XVIII centuries, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, original stained glass windows, personal belongings and portraits of Diana, a lock of her hair, which was stolen during the desecration of the graves in 1795.

The center of the western courtyard was adorned by a fountain with the famous group “Diana and the Deer,” the original of which is now in the Louvre. A statue of Diana by Benvenutto Cellini was also donated to the Louvre.

During the construction of the central building were used different architectural orders (columns) – Doric, Ionic and Corinthian. Here Diana also installed a statue of her deceased husband, a cenotaph – his tombstone, a symbolic tomb. At the same time, the decor is studded with the intertwined initials of Diana and King Henry II – “HD” and crescents, symbolizing the chastity and youth of the goddess Diana. Here are their chambers.

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After the king’s death, Diana began to build a funerary chapel in 1564 but died two years later without completing it. The chapel was completed by her grandson Charles of Lorraine, who consecrated the structure and solemnly buried Diana de Poitiers, whose body was in the local church.

The main façade of the chapel is decorated with pilasters flanking a door with two niches containing statues of Faith and Mercy. On the perimeter of the doorway are symbolic images of the New and Old Testament. The altar contains a scene of the Adoration of the Magi.

Diana’s tomb was destroyed during the Revolution and her remains were thrown into a pit in the local cemetery. The remains were recently returned to the chapel after they were confirmed as belonging to Diana. The famous garden is divided into 24 squares, which are fully planted with flowers, spicy herbs, and decorated with fountains. The interiors of the palace were decorated by renowned masters Leonard Lemusen, Masséo Abacen, Jean Cousin-father. The decoration of the funeral chapel was made by the architect C. de Fouquet.

The current state of the palace-castle of Anexe

The owners of the château, the Jutube family, live in the western wing of Ane and continue to work on the renovation and landscaping of the château. At the same time, in order to cover some of these expenses, the owners have opened access to some of the rooms in the palace.


Visiting hours:

  • April through October: Wednesday through Monday, business hours 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Weekend hours: Tuesday.
  • In November and from February to March: Saturdays and Sundays, office hours 14.00-17.00 h.
  • Ane is not available for visits two months of the year: December and January.

Where is the Palace-Castle of Ane and how to reach it

The castle is located 78 km from Paris and 16 km from Dreux. To get to the Chateau from Paris Porte Maillot you can take highway A14, then turn off the highway A13 towards Rouen. You should then take exit # Mantes Sud and you will be on your way to Dreux D 928.


The Château d’Ané is sung by poets as the castle of Diane de Poitiers, where she spent her last years of life. Built under her direction, the palace becomes her final resting place. A truly great monument of Renaissance architecture, it is as if it celebrates the love of Henry II for his beloved.

The castle has undergone many changes in its time, but at the moment work is underway to recreate its former beauty and grandeur. Visiting the castle, you can touch that time, imagine how people of that era lived and sincerely admire the magnificent decoration of the palace. Source

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