So many castles here, public or private, small or big, if you want to visit, you are spoiled for choice.
This is a private big one.
Brissac is a family owned chateau, owned by the same family since 26 May 1502, date of purchase of the domain of Brissac by René de Cossé, a gentleman from Angers. His descendants, the Marquis and the Marquise still live in the Chateau with their four children.
Here’s the crypt: tombs of the eminent personalities interred who shaped France’s national identity.
Amongst them, there are:
Voltaire (Writer, philosopher 1694 – 1778)
Rousseau (Writer, philosopher 1712 – 1778)
Victor Hugo (Poet, novelist, dramatist 1802 – 1885)
Alexandre Dumas père (Novelist, dramatist 1802 – 1870)
Emile Zola (Novelist, journalist 1840 – 1902)
Marie Curie (Chemist 1867 – 1934)
Simone Veil (Politician, lawyer 1927 – 2017)
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Writer, poet, journalist, aviator 1900 – 1944)
Alexandre Dumas père, Victor Hugo and Emile Zola were rested in the same room.
Simone Veil pushed forward two notable laws. The first, passed on 4 December 1974, facilitated access to contraception, the second, passed on 17 January 1975, legalized abortion in France.
As Antoine de Saint Exupery dramatically vanished without a trace in a fly mission, he was not interred, but has a plaque in the principal level of Pantheon. We all know his “Le Petit Prince”.
The aviator and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was honored December 13, 2016, at the Pantheon, where a commemorative plaque is dedicated to the author who disappeared in the crash of his plane in the Mediterranean Sea, July 31, 1944. In the presenceMinisters of Defense and Culture, it was also an opportunity to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the French edition of the “Little Prince”, the most widely read and translated French literary work in the world afterthe Bible.
The Panthéon is a building in the Latin Quarter in Paris. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve and to house the reliquary châsse containing her relics but, after many changes, now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens.