Near the medieval town of Nolay and standing on the rocky outcrop of Roche-Nolay, this stately fortress with its multicoloured roofs offers a romantic image of ducal Burgundy.
Château de la Rochepot: a stately fortress with its multicoloured roofs.
The history of Château de la Rochepot dates back to the 12th century. A medieval fortress with glazed tiles, it was the home of the Lords Pot, knights of the Golden Fleece and advisers of the Dukes of Burgundy. Destroyed during the French Revolution, the wife of the President of the Republic Sadi Carnot bought for her son in 1893 the ruins of Château de La Rochepot, allowing him to indulge his passion for history. The architect Charles Suisse, drawing on excavations and archive documents, restored it identically, allowing it to retain all the elements that once ensured its defence: drawbridge, barbican, walkway. It is the last great example of Gothic Revival architecture in France, a complete work of art, in the tradition of Viollet-le-Duc, and is a listed building.
Château de la Rochepot: tour
During your tour, you will discover the chapel, the guard room, kitchen, rooms with colourful murals, and Gothic and Renaissance furniture. In the courtyard, the well, 70 m deep, was dug directly into the rock.
The building overlooks the town of Rochepot, a picturesque village and gateway to the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune.
Located in one of the towers, the Chinese room is a ceremonial gift from the last Empress of China, TSEU-HI, to President Sadi Carnot.