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Château de la Napoule Review

Set on Pointe des Pendus (Hanged Man's Point), the Château de la Napoule looms over the sea and the port and is a spectacularly bizarre hybrid of Romanesque, Gothic, Moroccan, and Hollywood cooked up by the eccentric American sculptor Henry Clews (1876–1937). Working with his architect-wife, Clews transformed the 14th-century bastion into something that suited his personal expectations and then filled the place with his own fantastical sculptures. The couple reside in their tombs in the tower crypt, its windows left slightly ajar to permit their souls to escape and allow them to "return at eventide as sprites and dance upon the windowsill." Today the château's foundation hosts visiting writers and artists, who set to work surrounded by Clews's gargoyle-ish sculptures.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Av. Henry Clews, Mandelieu–La Napoule, 06210 | Map It
  • Phone: /04–93–49–95–05
  • Cost: €6, gardens only €3.50
  • Hours: Feb.7–Nov 7., daily 10–6, guided visits at 11:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30; Nov 8.–Feb 6., weekdays 2–5, guided visits at 2:30 and 3:30; weekends 10–5, guided visits at 11:30, 2:30, and 3:30
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  • Location: Mandelieu–La Napoule
Updated: 12-18-2013

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