Château du Lude, French Heritage monument to Le lude

Lude (the Sarthe), small town on the Dormouse. Curiosity: the castle, the park of this castle, the statue of Hercules choking Antee, by Mongendre; interior furnishing, the room or laid down Henri IV, the vaults of the kitchens, the cellars of the turns

Source: Traditional guide of the traveller in France by Jean-Marie-Vincent Audin 1841.

The castle of Lude, says Mr. Bodin, work of the XVI E century, was flanks of four enormous turns: there remain nothing any more but three about it (one of them being itself ecroulee towards the end of last century): they are decorees, as well as the principal ornament and arabesque, pilaster, main building various, among which one sees sirens; all these sculptures are poor, not to say bad; but criticism is desarmee when one sees, on two of pedestal of the balustrade of the terrace of the dimension of the river, two pigs-epics in mezzo-relievo, places to undoubtedly point out the memory of a good king, of that which the large ones called the King commoner, and whom the commoners called the Father of the People, which had taken for currency the porcupine with these words which rubs there pricks there. These emblematic figures carry has to believe that the castle was built by Jacques de Daillon, who, by these sculptures, will have wanted to learn with the posterity which it had been honours with the favour of this prince, of which it was to advise and chamberlain.

One notices on the frontage which presents dimension of the park, several rows of busts in medallions of kings de France, carve in relief. Terrace from which we come to speak, the sight extends on the gardens, on the park, decorates of a group out of white marble representing Hercules choking Antee, work of a manceau, Mongendre, of which it was speaks with the Ecommoy article; and on the hills, between which the river of the Dormouse curves; what offers a very-pleasant glance. A broad and deep pit surrounds the castle which, in the last century, was increases several bodies of buildings.

The castle of Lude, says Mr. Vaysse de Villiers, is one of most beautiful of this part of France. Its majestic height, its construction, Gothic part, modern part, its square form, the enormous round towers which come out from its four angles, all that gives him an imposing aspect, to which add still much its advantageous situation on the edge of the cotean which dominates the Dormouse. At the end of the alley is a broad door which appears the principal entry of the castle, like this alley appears the avenue of it: dimension of the park it is not that a door charretiere; outwards, it is a beautiful Gothic gate, decorates sculptures, with crenels, loopholes and machicolation.

The interior was lately and richly piece of furniture; one praises the distribution, and one shown there an apartment, whose pieces of furniture, of the XVI E century, were preserves, and or are placees two inscriptions: one reads on 1st:

'' Henri IV has layer in this room, the day before the sacring (Corpus Christi), the year 1598, and has attends the procession, which was the first catholic ceremony or it was since his conversion. ''

On 2nd:

'' Louis XIII has layer in this room, on June 5, 1619, while going in Touraine to see Marie de Medicis her mother who was retiree there; from or it went has Angers, excited a revolt which was apaisee in 1620, by the catch of the Bridge of it, or the king was: he was then old 18 years. ''

One pointed out there also the beautiful vaults of the kitchens, as well as the cellars and the thickness of the walls in the three turns, having to three bills of quantities a third (10 feet). The court of the castle, decoree of statues and marble pilasters, is square: it has something of antique which points out small the courses square of Pompeia. It is decorated since 5 is 6 years old of beautiful orange trees. It is claimed that made work has this castle by Mr. of Vieuville, about 1787, have costs 279,000 francs to him.

Source: Statistical dictionary of the Sarthe by Julien-Remy Pesche 1829.

Château du Lude
(Château du Lude, le lude)

Heritage listed, historical monument, or having been under investigation

Structural information

Château du Lude, « Château du Lude » is a construction of the city of Le lude (France, Sarthe). Château du Lude, French Heritage monument to Le lude le lude, sarthe

Location and general information

  • identifier : 119778
  • item : Château du Lude
  • Location of the building :
    • Pays de la Loire
    • Sarthe
    • Le Lude
  • INSEE code of the municipality : 72176
  • Zip code of the municipality : 72800
  • 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
  • Dates of protection :
    • 1928/02/27 : classé MH
    • 1992/10/28 : inscrit MH
  • Date taken into account : 1993/11/22

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

  • Interest of the building : Inscription 06 01 1927 (arrêté) non annulée
  • Elements protected MH (historical monument) :12 parts of the building are subject to protection and are listed as follows :
    • elevation
    • closing
    • oratorical
    • common
    • terrace
    • moat
    • pavilion
    • stable
    • Concierge
    • orangery
    • appointment hunting
    • stave
  • Constituent areas :
    • no information.
  • Parties constituantes étudiées :
    • no information.
  • Use :
    • We do not know the different uses that have been made of this construction.


  • Other :
    • other Information : property of a private person 1992
  • Picture : c561962e80b701eabfe20fb6a63d5179.jpg
  • Detail :
    • Façade François Ier et oratoire : classement par arrêté du 27 février 1928
    • Château, ainsi que son sytème fortifié d' éperon et de douves, les maçonneries et balustrades des terrasses et les murs de clôture du parc
    • totalité des communs (dont les deux pavillons d' entrée ou porteries) (cad. AD 167 à 174, 217 à 220, 241, 242
    • AE 1 à 5) : inscription par arrêté du 28 octobre 1992
  • Mérimée reference : PA00109788

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