LE DOMAINE D'ABBADIA ET LE CHATEAU-OBSERVATOIRE ABBADIA

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Owned by the Conservatoire du Littoral, this 66 hectare natural site allows, within the varied landscapes, to go back in time to 80 million years ago, during which time the sea still occupied the current location of the Pyrenees chain. The site is characterized by steep cliffs, coves and two famous rocks "les Jumeaux", which bear witness to the retreat of the coast.

Classified by the Historical Monuments in 1984, the castle has been owned by the Academy of Sciences by donation since 1901. In fact, Antoine d'Abbadie, himself a member of the Academy of Sciences, bequeathed his castle in return for a special clause, the Academy of Sciences, which had to undertake to continue the astronomical work he had begun. Until 1975, the observatories continued to survey the night sky of the cornice, then the instruments were abandoned in a cellar until 2000, when the Academy of Sciences requested an inventory of the astronomical heritage. Eighty objects emerged, testifying to the late Count's activism for the "decimalization" of the measurement of angle and time. This old and exceptional instrumentation makes Abbadia the first and only decimal observatory in France today. In another field, the castle lives to the rhythm of various activities, concerts, conferences... And his visit is eloquent, from the vestibule with its monumental staircase, its amazing stained glass window, to the main room with its heavy canopy, to the reception rooms, or the chapel with its exceptional structure. Here it is a chestnut gallery, there is an iron console, elsewhere a stone fireplace on a background of Duthoit's drawings, with a medieval connotation... Everywhere a small quotation calls out: Antoine d'Abbadie's motto "More being than appearing", "Life passes like smoke", "Don't throw stones into the well from which you drink water", etc. After obtaining, in 2013, the label Maisons des illustres which rewarded the life of this visionary, Château Abbadia unveils the genius of Antoine d'Abbadie, with the Pavillon Accueil and the scenographic space dedicated to the learned traveller.

Restoration of the park: in 2020, the redevelopment work on the Abbadia Castle park will be completed, the interpretation of Eugène Bülher (landscape architect who designed the park), based on the historical elements. This redevelopment is carried out in a spirit of preservation and enhancement to encourage visitors to the park to contemplate and understand the various landscape scenes, in a spirit of visual journey and strolling through the space. Delivery of the park at the beginning of July 2020.

A true biological reserve, bicycles, dogs, picnics and samples are prohibited.

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LE DOMAINE D'ABBADIA ET LE CHATEAU-OBSERVATOIRE ABBADIA

Route de la Corniche
Hendaye/Hendaia
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General note: 4.2/5
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Visited in may 2018
Château original qui reflète les différents voyages de son propriétaire initial. Beaucoup d'énigmes se sont glissées dans son architecture et sa décoration. Très beau point de vue sur l'océan.
Notice filed on 08/31/2018 
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Visited in april 2017
La visite du château est rendue très intéressante grâce aux anecdotes de la guide. L'intérieur est vraiment original et très beau. Véritable coup de cœur pour la bibliothèque. En revanche, on en apprend plus sur la vie d'Antoine d'Abbadie que sur l'astronomie.
Le parc qui entoure le château a une vue à couper le souffle, prenez le temps de vous installer dans l'herbe pour la contempler.
La visite guidée est obligatoire alors si vous voulez être sur de pouvoir y assister, venez tôt, les créneaux horaires se remplissent rapidement!
Le parking est à une dizaine de minutes de marche du site.
Notice filed on 04/29/2017 
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Visited in august 2015
Très beau château situé dans un cadre exceptionnel (vue sur l'océan) ! Visite très intéressante et instructive. A refaire avec grand plaisir !
Notice filed on 08/06/2016 
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Visited in september 2015
Magnifique panorama face au château et visite guidée avec un suspense dont la solution de l'énigme n'est révélée qu'à la fin de la visite. Très enrichissant.
Notice filed on 08/06/2016 
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Visited in july 2016
Très belle demeure transformée en musée sous l'impulsion de l'académie des sciences, avec une décoration assez particulière associée au maître des lieux, Antoine d'Abbadia, qui avait beaucoup voyagé. Les instruments d'observation astronomique sont intéressants et bien conservés. Le parc offre une vue magnifique sur le sommet de la Rhune. L'accueil est agréable et la visite commentée instructive.
Notice filed on 08/05/2016 
4/5
Château très original. Visite guidée très agréable. J'ai adoré gargouilles, crocodiles , serpent, taillés dans la pierre qui décorent le château. Jolie vue sur la Rhune et l'océan.
Notice filed on 08/04/2011 

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