Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Chateau Voltaire, Ferney-Voltaire

Near Ferney-Voltaire, a village on the French-Swiss border, you find the home of the famous philosopher Voltaire. It was built from 1758 to 1766, and he lived here for twenty years.

The Chateau Voltaire is in need of some maintenance
Voltaire came to Ferney in 1753, after he was denied access to Paris by King Louis XV. He lived here and was loved by the local population, and his name was added to the name of the village, Ferney-Voltaire.  At Chateau Voltaire he entertained distinguished guests, like James Boswell, Giacomo Casanova, and Edward Gibbon.

Chateau Voltaire is modest, as a stately home. It rests in a large park, just a short walk away from the small streets of the nearby village. It is slightly shabby, and in need of a little TLC, not only the main house but also the other buildings in the complex.

The park is on a slope leading down to Lac Leman
The Chateau was closed when we visited, but we were given access to the park. The park is breathtaking, a little overgrown with small statues and old fountains, but mysterious, with huge trees providing shade, and from the garden you can enjoy the view to the slopes going leading down to Lac Leman

More images from Chateau Voltaire
The Church on the grounds of the chateau with the plaque DEO EREXIT VOLTAIRE MDCCLVI ("Erected to God by VOLTAIRE")
Park: Romantic statue of a little boy
Park: A young farm girl.
A fountain in the park of Chateau Voltaire
Where to find Chateau Voltaire

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