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Travel

Château de Gudanes

One of the chateaus that the Tour de France passed by in 2015 was Château de Gudanes. In this footage on their Instagram page, you can see the château in the background.

Château de Gudanes
Château de Gudanes in July 2015

Château de Gudanes is a formerly abandoned mid-18th Century chateau in the Chateau-Verdun village in the south of France. ‘Le Roi des Pyrénées’, the king of the Pyrenees, Louis Gaspard de Sales, Marquis de Gudanes, commissioned the chateau in 1745. The architect of the chateau was Ange-Jacques Gabriel, who later designed the Petit Trianon at Versailles. The chateau changed owners as a result of the French Revolution and a generation ‘dying out’. For many years, the chateau was neglected and became dilapidated. Yet there was hope for this chateau when, in 2013, it was bought by an Australian couple who then endeavoured to lovingly restore the chateau. Their hope for the chateau is that it will be “a place to simply rest, breathe and enjoy the calm.” The Instagram page and website is full of beautiful before and after photos. Who knows, maybe I shall have the opportunity to visit inside someday. 🙂