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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