Château du Champ-de-Bataille, by Jacques Garcia

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The Château du Champ de Bataille, located in the Eure department of Upper Normandy, France, is a notable example of 17th-century Baroque architecture. It was built between 1653 and 1665 by Alexandre de Créquy-Bernieulle, who was exiled to the provinces by Cardinal Mazarin. Following his exile, de Créquy-Bernieulle invested in creating this lavish château, which later fell into the hands of the “de Merendonque” family.

The château’s history took a turbulent turn during the French Revolution when it was stormed, and its furniture was sold off. This led to a period of decay until it was purchased by the famous contemporary designer Jacques Garcia. Garcia undertook extensive restoration works, reviving both the château and its vast grounds, thereby restoring the château’s regal glory.

The gardens of the Château du Champ de Bataille are particularly noteworthy. Created from 1992 by Jacques Garcia, the gardens were inspired by sketches of the original garden. Garcia’s approach to the garden was contemporary, drawing inspiration from antique sources and integrating them within a classical structure. The garden is recognized as one of the Notable Gardens of France by the French Ministry of Culture.

Today, the Château du Champ de Bataille is celebrated for its majestic architecture, rich history, and beautifully restored gardens. It is open to the public, offering visitors a chance to explore its numerous spectacular rooms, antique treasures, and the magnificent grounds