Castle, French Heritage monument to Joyeuse

The castle of Merry, inhabited in turn by the lords of the house of Anduze, by those of the house of Ch?teauneuf-Randon and Merry, and by those finally of the house of Lorraine, is the property of the city today. Deprived of its turns, its crenels and its bastions, this castle presents nothing any more but one vast square building below which the town of Merry extends carefree and happy.

In this castle the most eminent members of the family of Merry lived. One of them even, Guillaume, Viscount of Merry, who was initially intended at the state ecclesiastical, and appointed bishop of Aleth before being entered the orders, and which, become head of the household after the death of her older brother, left this career to follow that of the weapons, and was successively created lieutenant-general and Marshal of France, had been born there in the first years from XVIe century.

A former biographer, little consulted and little known, still ensures that the two oldest sons of the precedent, Anne of Merry, too the famous nice one of the king Henri III, and his brother, Fran?ois de Joyeuse, cardinal, archbishop, president of the assembly of the clergy in 1605, which conceived the idea of the c?nal of Languedoc, imposing idea and fertilizes realized so fortunately later by the genius of Riquet, were also born in this castle, one in 1561, and the other in 1562. But this fact, of which this biographer does not report the authentic proof, should be accepted only with one extreme distrust.

The files of the duchy of Merry, so rich in original titles and rare manuscripts, would undoubtedly have fixed us on this fact, if they had not been burned in entirety at the time of the French revolution.

Source: Memories of Ardeche By Ovide de Valgorge in 1846.

Crédit photo : (Castle, joyeuse)

Heritage listed, historical monument, or having been under investigation

Structural information

Castle, « Castle » is a construction of the city of Joyeuse (France, Ardeche). Castle, French Heritage monument to Joyeuse joyeuse, ardeche

Location and general information

  • identifier : 7358
  • item : Château
  • Location of the building :
    • Rhône-Alpes
    • Ardèche
    • Joyeuse
  • INSEE code of the municipality : 7110
  • Zip code of the municipality : 07260
  • Order in the communal list : 1
  • Name of the building :
    • The building is designated as follows : castle
  • State :
    • the current state of the monument is not known.

Dates and times

  • Period of construction :
    • The building dates mainly from the period : 16th century
  • Date of protection : 1988/04/19 : inscrit MH partiellement
  • Date taken into account : 1993/12/03

Construction, architecture and style

  • Materials:
    • We do not have this information.
  • Roofing :
    • We do not have this information.
  • Materials (roofing) :
    • We do not have this information.
  • Other about the composition roofs :
    • No information on the coverage of the place.
  • Floors :
    • any information about this construction.
  • Stairs :
    • No stairs mentioned on this construction.
  • Decoration of the building :
    • No information about decoration.
  • Representation :
    • No information on the ornamentation of the place.
  • Typology :
    • No information about typology.
  • Plan :
    • We do not know the type of plan for this building.

Monument and history of the place

  • Elements protected MH (historical monument) :2 parts of the building are subject to protection and are listed as follows :
    • elevation
    • roofing
  • Constituent areas :
    • no information.
  • Parties constituantes étudiées :
    • no information.
  • Use : This building has been used in different ways over time. We know 2 successive uses. :
    • town hall
    • school


  • Other :
    • other Information : owned by the 1992 municipality
  • Details : Façades et toitures (cad. AH 261) : inscription par arrêté du 19 avril 1988
  • Mérimée reference : PA00116713

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