Location: Ecouen, in the Val-d'Oise departement of France (Ile-de-France Region).
Built: 16th-18th century.
Condition: In good condition.
Ownership / Access: State property.
ISMH Reference Number: PA00080045.
Notes: Château d'Écouen is a castle of the sixteenth century, located in the Val-d'Oise, home since 1977 Renaissance National Museum. The building belongs to the Grand Chancellery of the Legion of Honour. The museum is under the Ministry of Culture. Since 2005, the museum director is Thierry Crepin-Leblond, general heritage curator. Generations of famous artists have succeeded over the centuries to the castle couen an imposing monument: the architect Jean Bullant, the sculptor Jean Goujon, the potter and enamel Bernard Palissy, the potter Masseot Abaquesne, architect Mansart. It now presents the collections of the French Renaissance in all fields of art: tapestries, weapons, sculptures, stained glass, ceramics, furniture, silver and paintings ... In France, it is the only fully museum dedicated to the Renaissance. According to the Economic Expansion Committee of the Val d'Oise, Écouen Castle is one of the main attractions of the department in number of visitors per year (in 2008 it was even the first site visited Val-d Oise). It is located 19 km north of Paris and 15 km from Roissy Airport.
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