The French Riviera Sights

Château de la Napoule

  • Av. Henry Clews Map It
  • Mandelieu-la-Napoule
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 10/16/2017

Fodor's Review

Looming over the sea at Pointe des Pendus (Hanged Man's Point), the Château de la Napoule 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. These days, it's advisable to call in advance to ensure the château is not closed for a private event, and if you plan on enjoying the salon de thé, reservations are required.

Sight Information

Address:

Av. Henry Clews, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 06210, France

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Phone:

/04–93–49–95–05

Sight Details:

  • €6, €3.50 gardens only

Published 10/16/2017

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