Abandoned Beauty: Chateau de Singes


Nothing sparks the imagination like architecture frozen in time.

I have a fascination with abandoned chateaus. While growing up, I was lucky enough to see a number of beautiful abandoned manor houses near my neighborhood. One particular chateau I wish I could have seen in person is Chateau de Singes.

Chateau de Singes, or Castle of Monkeys, gets its name from a room with monkey murals painted on the walls.  Apparently, this was a brief artistic trend as a number of palace interiors also share the same monkeys-in-action murals on their walls.

Not much is known about the history of the chateau. From what I once read (and cannot find again), the chateau was built in the 17th century for a wealthy aristocrat who wanted a place to throw parties and entertain guests.  However, due to war, the aristocrat would never get to move in to his chateau, and the castle would…

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