Sunday photoblogging: Château Laurens, Agde

by Chris Bertram on September 10, 2023

Our cultural excitement for the week was a visit to the spectacular Château Laurens in Agde, an art nouveau villa built at the end of the 19th century by a spectacularly rich idle opium smoker and yachtsman, sold to friends when he lost all his money, locked up for 50 years and then reopened in June. It is right next to the railway (modernity!) and was built there so the trains could stop outside, and his friends could alight and drink champagne in the garden. Lots of other pics on my Flickr, but one below.

Chateau Laurens



Alan White 09.10.23 at 2:41 pm

That’s a startling capture! Thanks for these Chris.


bad Jim 09.11.23 at 5:17 am

Orientation takes a moment. Those aren’t stairs. Look, vaulted arches, so that must be the ceiling, and yes, that’s where the light comes in. The temptation remains to enjoy it as an anticipation of Escher, or as a child imagining the ceiling as floor.

But the decoration! An avian celebration of summer, the moment of maximum bloom.

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