Château de Marchais

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Château de Marchais
General information
Type Chateau
Town or city Marchais, Aisne
Country France
Coordinates 49°35′12″N 3°48′49″E / 49.5866°N 3.8135°E / 49.5866; 3.8135Coordinates: 49°35′12″N 3°48′49″E / 49.5866°N 3.8135°E / 49.5866; 3.8135
Completed 16th century
Owner Albert II, Prince of Monaco

The Château de Marchais is an historic château in Marchais, Aisne, near Laon in northern France.


The château was built in the 16th century.[1] It was purchased in 1553 by Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine, a member of the House of Guise.[2] From 1836 to 1854, the château belonged to Senator Achille Joseph Delamare.[3]

It has been in the possession of the Monégasque princely family since 1854.[1][4] Prince Albert I of Monaco married Lady Mary Victoria Hamilton at the château in 1869.[5] Prince Charles III of Monaco died there in 1889.

In 1927, Léon-Honoré Labande, the archivist of the Prince's Palace of Monaco, authored Le château et la baronnie de Marchais. At the outset of World War II, Louis II, Prince of Monaco, was in the château until May 17, 1939.[6]

The property contains two farms; its acreage is six times the size of the principality of Monaco. In the mid-1980s, Prince Rainier III of Monaco acquired a herd of camels, an African buffalo and two guanacos from a bankrupt zoo, and placed them at the château.[7]

Further reading[edit]

  • Labande, Léon-Honoré (1927). Le château et la baronnie de Marchais. Paris: H. Champion. OCLC 19942736.


  1. ^ a b "Patrimoine : Le vrai trésor des Grimaldi". Le Point. May 12, 2005. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  2. ^ Carroll, Stuart (1998). Noble Power During the French Wars of Religion: The Guise Affinity and the Catholic Cause in Normandy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 27. ISBN 9780521023870. OCLC 37742308.
  3. ^ Fouquet, Vincent (December 27, 2014). "La Picardie est liée à vie à l'histoire de Monaco". Courrier Picard. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  4. ^ Tissot, Nathalie (May 23, 2015). "Le château de Marchais, le pied-à-terre axonais de la famille princière de Monaco". France 3. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  5. ^ "Burke's Peerage - The Princely Family of Monaco". Burke's Peerage website. Burke's Peerage. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  6. ^ "La campagne de France 1939-1940". Guerres mondiales et conflits contemporains. Presses Universitaires de France. 1 (201). 2001. doi:10.3917/gmcc.201.0151. ISBN 9782130519461. Retrieved March 30, 2016 – via (Registration required (help)).
  7. ^ Jeffrey Robinson (5 May 2015). Grace of Monaco: The True Story. Da Capo Press. p. 76. ISBN 978-1-60286-242-5.