The Chateau That Inspired Herge
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The Chateau That Inspired Herge

Captain Haddock's residence in the Adventures of Tintin is in fact a famous château on the Loire Valley.

Jacques Hurault, a good servant of the French monarchy, bought the land at the beginning of the XVIth century. The château was then built by one of his descendants in 1634. Martellange, an architect of the Society of Jesus, gave the plans of the edifice that is typical of the Louis XIII period. The 3 floor central body is flanked by 2 lowest wings ending with 2 pavilions covered with a 4 side dome roofing whose aspect is a bit masive. These domes themselves are crowned with lanterns. The windows are topped with frontons. On the main façade, 12 niches, presenting Roman Emperors busts, separate the windows on the first level. The bonding of stone in horizontal strips does not break the slightly cold monotony of the façade. The Classical Style here is quite homogeneous. The stone from Bourré has the particularity of whitening and hardening with time, giving the château its immaculate appearance.

The inside offers intact furniture and it might well be one of the most complete décors of this time in France. In the King's Bedroom, elegant wooden panellings display fine allegorical scenes by Jean Mosnier, an artist from Blois, who also painted the Adventures of Don Quixote at Cheverny. In the Guards Room, a magnificent tapestry tells the story of Ulysses. It was woven after Simon Vouet's drawings. A rare document  can be seen In a gallery leading to the library. It is signed by George Washington and refers to an ancestor of the present proprietor who participated in the American Revolutionary War. An equestrian statue of the first President of the United States is presented on a chest of drawers made by the prestigious cabinet-maker Riesener. Hergé in his comic books "The Adventures of Tintin" was inspired by the Château of Cheverny. Captain Haddock's residence "Markinspike Hall" (Le Château de Moulinsart in French) is almost the same except for both additional wings on each side. An interesting permanent exhibition features Hergé's works. The Queen Mother of England visited Cheverny in 1963. The building was listed a historic monument in 1926. 

Château of Cheverny - The South façade.

Captain Haddock's Marlinspike Hall. In reality: Cheverny.

Captain haddock's Marlinspike Hall. In reality: Cheverny;

The King's bedroom.

The King's bedroom.

The Guards Room.

The Guards Room

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Comments (15)

Wow!!! How beautiful... totally elegant and the chairs are like part of the painting on the wall... the colors blend so well... Love it ^_^

The architecture and the design of these structures always amaze me. To think what we were capable of so many years ago.

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Thank you my friends for your nice comments. Very best wishes.


Extraordinary! A real must-see...

What an amazing place...beautiful, and so much history. How cool that the stone looks even better over time! Great article.

Great work, Francois. Another revealing piece of architectural history, which also explores the building's influence on popular culture. French Renaissance architecture is wonderful; we have many examples of its influence here in England.

Another fascinating read Francois, these buildings were meant to last and thank goodness they did.

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Thanks to all for your kind comments.

Herge is my favorite but I never knew that there is a background to the famous building!

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Thank you Shastri. Glad I could teach you something here. Best wishes.

It really does look surreal. Loved the armor suit:)

Amazing and exquisite decor within this palatial architectural beauty. Your expertise in French architecture and history is nothing short of true greatness. What a pleasure and honour to be in such great company. Awesom work, Francois!

Splendid write. Liked the furnishes... so classy. Re tweeted this one :)

Great work