IN PICTURES – Will Château Laurens in Agde become the favorite monument of the French?

Abandoned since the death of its owner in 1959, Château Laurens in Agde took nearly 16 years of work to renovate and finally reopened its doors to the public just under a year ago. He is in the running to represent the Occitanie region in the show The French Favorite Monument, facing the Padirac chasm. Voting is open until May 24.

“Magnificent”, “superb”, “extraordinary” : visitors who leave this unusual villa are delighted with the discovery. “It’s the home of someone who traveled widely at a time when few people could, and he took inspiration from everything that impressed him elsewhere in the world and wanted to recreate it here When you are in this house, you find yourself traveling to the beginning of the 20th century.explains Marie-Jo.

Emmanuel Laurens had a whole bunch of artists work in this house, both to decorate the walls of the rooms and to make furniture that mixes all styles: art nouveau, orientalism, Greek and Egyptian style. , Japanese, there are colors from floor to ceiling. “When you come home, you feel like you’re dreaming” Gilbert marvels.

The castle’s music room, with its cathedral feel © Radio France
Anne Pinczon du Sel
The villa hidden in the middle of the garden on the Belle-Isle estate
The villa hidden in the middle of the garden on the Belle-Isle estate © Radio France
Anne Pinczon du Sel
The ceramic bathroom
The ceramic bathroom © Radio France
Anne Pinczon du Sel
The dining room of Château Laurens
The dining room of Château Laurens © Radio France
Anne Pinczon du Sel
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