Chateau Observatoire Abbadia, Hendaye

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In a country where many sites can trace their history through thousands of years, Chateau Observatoire Abbadia is rather modern.

Built between 1864 and 1879, this Neo-Gothic structure is a study in contrasts: old and new, Eastern and Western, science and Catholicism. It was built for linguist, anthropologist, geographer, and astronomer Antoine d'Abbadie, who designed the eclectic structure around his interests. Upon his death, he left the home to the French Academy of Sciences, which still owns it. Plan your visit to Chateau Observatoire Abbadia and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Hendaye online journey planner .
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  • Guided tour with a group of about ten people. Playful tour of the castle's various wings, led by a friendly guide. It's a must.A.
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  • By Russian standards, this is a historical heritage, according to the French rather new-found. An authoritative researcher of Africa, who decided to retrain as an astronomer (later president of the French Academy) Antoine Abbadia after marrying a wealthy heiress built a pseudo-historical castle in the southwest of France. And set up an observatory in the castle. As an architect, The Chief Restorer of France, Eugene Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, was invited. It was his tower that burned down on Notre Dame. The entrance to the territory is paid, the castle itself is allowed only in groups with a guide. Impressions positive. And the site is chosen good (views of the sea and mountains). And the structure itself is interesting both outside and inside. Especially pleased with the work place of the astronomer, the chapel and the stairs to nowhere. It is forbidden to shoot inside the castle. It's a shame to be around and not to visit.
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  • Pretty decent Castle considering the significance of the time. Could have done a better job with the downspouts to ensure the native lime in the Water does not compromise the mortar. Staff not as accommodating as it once was in the 1930s.
  • Very beautiful place, great views, free parking, free bathrooms, vending machine, entry costs 2€, guided tour costs 9,5€ (French, English, Spanish languages). There are also beach, park for walking and other things for outdoor activities. Highly recommended place.
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