Under the Consulate, French castles, both military
and civilian, have recovered with difficulty from the devastation
that the Revolution had caused. When they had not been destroyed
(the Bastille was not an isolated case) or burnt, these buildings,
witnesses of the old regime, had been vandalized, looted, in the
best case bought by opportunists who lacked the means to maintain
Gradually, what we would call today "the market for real
estate" came back to life, facilitated by the institutional
stability and the establishment of the Civil Code, enacted
March 21, 1804, which defined and ensured the right to property.
Under the Empire, the emergence of a new wealthy class, the
creation of the nobility of the Empire and the return of some
emigrants have promoted this market, both in new buildings
as the old. The princes, dukes, counts, barons that were senior
officers, ministers, diplomats, prefects or financial (not
forgetting the imperial family) had to hold their rank, and
investment real estate was undoubtedly the most visible to
the Imperial court.
Meanwhile, military-oriented castles have been maintained and
upgraded to meet the war situation the Empire had to face
throughout its existence.
What have these buildings become nowadays? According to our
travels, we have captured the image of these buildings' current
state. Some foreign palaces in connection with the Napoleonic
era also appeared worthy of being represented. The list below
is to grow as a result of our future trips, and mailings that
will be made to us (thank you in advance!) by you, visitor
of our web site. If you send
us photographs you made
, we will use them with great pleasure
(simply reserving the right to crop suitable format, and surround
them with a frame), mentioning of course the Copyright and
adding, if desired, a link to your own web site.
This is, two centuries after the Imperial era, to capture
the image of these buildings before oblivion, or worse estate
developers, do take care to make them disappear forever.