Bagatelle is the result of a crazy bet. In 1777, Marie-Antoinette challenged the Count of Artois to build a small palace in less than a hundred days. The bet was upheld in sixty-four days and the little castle was baptised “Folie d’Artois” – Artois’s madness.

The project employed 800 workers and its estimated cost was over three million livres.

The castle is a small neoclassical building designed overnight by the architect François-Joseph Belanger and is surrounded by a beautiful park, a rose garden which includes more than 10.000 rose trees and an orangery.

You would never guess that turbulent, gallant activities were the life of this little castle whilst strolling in its calm, serene park and yet it was solely devoted to courtly futilities.

April 26, 2019