Built in sandstone and bricks, the chateau of Dampierre-en-Yvelines is an outstanding architectural work.
Sponsored by the de Luynes family and Colbert, the architecte Jules Hardouin Mansart lead the construction site while he realised the Palace of Versailles for the king Louis XIV.

15th AND 16th CENTURY
Residence of the cardinal Charles de Lorraine, archbishop of Reims, and Duke of Chevreuse, this 15th century castle had been seen far too austere. Then it had been decided to modify completely the places by making them greater and embellishing them to the tastes of the 16th century.
In his book ‘the most excellent buildings in France‘, Jacques Androuet du Cerceau illustrates and documents this building.
During the 15th century the chateau arrives in the family de Luynes, brought by Charles d’Albert’s widow (the king’s favourite).
By his marriage with Colbert’s older daughter, the duke Charles Honoré d’Albert became the new master of the places, he undertook a massive reconstruction by adopting the house to the tastes of the day. The duke had harmonised the entire domain thanks to Jules Hardouin Mansart, the first architect of the king.
These Herculean efforts lasted several years from 1675 to 1688. Finally, this castle had been taking shape and had attracted more attention by becoming wider and more harmonious. In that way it was worthy to welcome the great king Louis XIV.
In the 18th, if the external appearance will know few changes, the interior design will be rethink in many rooms. So the previous design will be replaced with much of the woodwork.
Outside, the castle had an imposing gate of honour in 1758.
Thow in the 19th century, the domain knew an intensive campaign of work which changed significantly the castle and its gardens.
The eighth duke de Luynes undertook deep restorations and intended to find out the proper and worthy setting to keep his precious collections whilst reflecting a brand new taste.
To successfully complete this project, Felix Duban is involved and endeavours to maintain the overall harmony of this edifice which has seen centuries of history and art. Indeed, a mixture of styles breaks up the whole monotony thanks to the greatest artists of the time.