Drômois castles



Enter the world of the castles of the Drôme, three unique places marked by eventful histories.
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Château des Adhémar Montélimar - A medieval palace

Located on the site of an old castle motte founded by the Adhémar family in the 10th century, this medieval palace was built by the same family in the 12th century. It bears the name of a prestigious lineage in Provence and Dauphiné, whose representatives were lords of Montélimar for several centuries.
The site is made up of a stately home, a Romanesque chapel, a square tower and a fortified enclosure surmounted by a walkway. Over the centuries, the buildings have had many functions: palace, citadel, prison, public cultural place.
This listed historic monument, owned by the Department of Drôme, underwent successive restorations and then opened to the public in 1983.



Suze-la-Rousse Castle - A medieval fortress

Built on a rocky promontory, the medieval fortress of Suze-la-Rousse is a spectacular military structure protected by towers and a rampart. It was transformed in the 16th and then in the 18th century into a large residence. The austerity of the exterior defenses, which powerfully dominate the fortified village, are contrasted by the Renaissance facades of the main courtyard, as well as the interior richness of the paintings, stuccos and plasterwork in the living rooms.
On the outskirts of the castle, listed as a historic monument, stretches the warren, a vast wooded area where the walls of a 16th century palm game, a dovecote and a chapel still rise.

Château de Grignan - A Renaissance and classical palace

In the heart of the Provençal Drôme, overlooking plains and mountains, the castle of Grignan is built on a rocky promontory overlooking the village. Witness of Renaissance architecture and French classicism, the building has had an eventful history. A fortified castle mentioned in the 11th century, it was transformed during the Renaissance into a prestigious pleasure residence by the Adhémar family.
In the 17th century, the Marquise de Sévigné stayed there with her daughter Françoise-Marguerite. Dismantled during the Revolution and then rebuilt at the start of the 20th century, since 1979 it has belonged to the Department of Drôme, which is pursuing an ambitious program of restorations and acquisitions.
Listed as a historic monument in 1993 and awarded the Musée de France label, the Château de Grignan offers visitors precious testimonies on the art of living at different times. This enchanting place also serves as a setting for a cultural program throughout the year.