Le Belvédère

② Le Belvédère, private property.

This residence is a strange copy of the Château de Bagatelle (in the Bois de Boulogne, west of Paris).


To go to stage ③ → A limited yards further on your left, you will find the Sociocultural Center. Continue to the left towards rue des Regains where you will be in front of the Lescuyer building, currently part of the site of the former foundry.


This listed mansion was built during the first half of the nineteenth century in a mainly undeveloped area, called Prés St Louis, comprising principally vegetable gardens.

The main entrance opens on what was then called Rue des Fossés built on the former moats along the city’s west walls.

© Photos : Dominique Guillemot

In 1830, Auguste Marcel, a tax collector, brought in a Parisian architect Eugene Fanost to build this mansion, a copy of the château de Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris. It is a folly with a perfectly symmetrical plan.

The ground floor is built around a majestic semi circular staircase. Symmetry, clearly defined volumes, harmony of proportions and the neo classical elements are the main characteristics of this building. The dome is covered with zinc and topped by a belvedere which gives the name of the house.

© Photos : Dominique Guillemot

On which house was the Belvédère copied ?
1Charles Bidault square and the church of St Christophe 13The Aigremonts mill
2Le Belvedere 14La Coursicauderie
3The Foundry 15A vine lodge
4The Bellevue bank and the bridge over the Cher 16Le Grand-Logis
5Les Crespières 17Bois-Ramé
6The Cher and its needle dams 18The Monks’ house
7Chapel de Seigne 19Paul Racault space
8The cooperative and the demarcation line 20Trade and Cooperative Diary Industry
9The cemetery and its noteworthy tombs 21The lime kilns
10Bois-Pataud 22La Grisolette
11Fief Gentil and the Culoison mill 23The Chateau of Fontenay and the house called ‘du passeur’
12La Courtille wash house 24Les Grandes-Fontaines