The Château d’Abbadia, also Château d’Abbadie, is a neogothic château situated in Hendaye, Pyrenees, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Atlantic ocean, France.

Located 15 min (9.2 km) via D912 from Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

Built by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc and Edmond Duthoit, both patronized by the explorer Antoine d’Abbadie, between 1864 and 1879, it is classified as a historic monument and “Maison des Illustres”. The scientific collections, archives and furniture are all authentic and make up a considerable cultural heritage of the 19th century.

It’s a popular stop on the Atlantic resorts of France.

The castle is distinguished by the richness of its ornamental materials (woodwork, staff, earthenware, painting on plaster, textiles), its polychrome interior decoration, the eclecticism of its inspiration, from the radiant Gothic to the orientalism, very fashionable at the end of the 19th century and tinged with romanticism.

Everywhere, formulas in Basque, Irish, Guèze, Arabic, Latin, English or German testify to the cultural curiosity and philosophical values of Antoine d’Abbadie. Basque maxims such as Bizi bedi euskara (Long live Euskara) celebrate the Basque Country. Scholars such as Jules Mohl, a member of the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres, participate in the elaboration of ornamental inscriptions.

Other ornaments recall the explorations of the Abbadian brothers in Ethiopia. The emblematic or symbolic animals bear witness to the 19th century’s taste for orientalism. Crocodiles, snakes, elephants, monkeys, shells, etc., an exotic fauna covers the outside walls of the castle on the facades, stairs and columns. A dog, a frog, a snail and a cat chasing a rat complete the procession. Viollet-le-Duc drew the bestiary of the porch, the main staircase and probably the sanctuary.

Working hours:

Friday
10 AM–12:30 PM
2–6 PM

Saturday
2–6 PM

Sunday
2–6 PM

Monday
10 AM–12:30 PM
2–6 PM

Tuesday
10 AM–12:30 PM
2–6 PM

Wednesday
10 AM–12:30 PM
2–6 PM

Thursday
10 AM–12:30 PM
2–6 PM

Rte de la Corniche, 64700 Hendaye, France

Shortest distances by car:

  • From Paris: 7 hr 55 min (801 km) via A10
  • From Bordeaux: 2 hr 26 min (215 km) via A63
  • From Monaco: 8 hr 39 min (902 km) via A64
  • From Andorra: 5 hr 8 min (433 km) via A64
  • From Madrid: 4 hr 52 min (481 km) via A-1 and AP-1

See also France travel guide

See also Spain travel guide

See also Pyrenees travel guide

See also Andorra travel guide

 

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