Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Then and Now: Chateau de Péronne

Haven't presented one of these in a while, but I thought found this period photo of the Péronne chateau, which was badly damaged in the First World War. It is now the site of the  Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum.  


Chateau de Péronne is a medieval building dating from the 13th century. It was built in the Philippien Style by Philippe Auguste. Protector and guardian of a strategic crossing, Péronne and its castle evolved as alliances changed. Over the course of the centuries, the castle was besieged several times and left particularly damaged; during the First World War it was almost completely destroyed. Red brick, most certainly less expensive than stone, was used to rebuild the castle at the end of the war, and today, despite the towers not being fully rebuilt, it has managed to conserve its original design.


1 comment:

  1. Magnificent building with a terrific WW1 Museum. Great Post Mike. Thanks for bringing back great memories.