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Château de Pierrefonds
Well Preserved Medieval Castle in France

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The Château de Pierrefonds castle situated in the commune of Pierrefonds in the Oise département of France. It is on the southeast edge of the Forest of Compiègne, north of Paris, between Villers-Cotterêts and Compiègne.

Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (later Napoleon III of France) visited the castle in 1850. As emperor, he asked Viollet-le-Duc in 1857 to undertake its restoration. Inside, Viollet-le-Duc produced more a work of invention than restoration With the exterior he showed his extensive knowledge of the military architecture of the 14th century.

The Château de Pierrefonds includes most of the characteristics of defensive military architecture from the Middle Ages, though it underwent a major restoration in the 19th century . The Château is classified as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.



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Film Location For:

Les visiteurs II - Les couloirs du temps (1998)    

Jeanne d'Arc (The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc) (1999)    Directed by Luc Besson.

Merlin (2008)    as Camelot in BBC One TV Series.







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