Visitors are always charmed by this castle, the birthplace of the Marquis de Lafayette, the "hero of the two worlds". Journey back in time to the 18th century as you stroll through the adjoining park, one of the rare public gardens in Haute-Loire, and a real green oasis with exceptional botanical diversity.

Jardins du Château de Chavaniac Lafayette

Château de Chavaniac Lafayette

The Marquis de Lafayette, a child of Velay

General Lafayette was born on 6 September 1757 and spent his childhood in Chavaniac, a small town in Velay. He was not yet 20 when he secretly sailed for America on the Hermione, nicknamed “the Frigate of Freedom”.

His name is linked to the revolutionary tricolour cockade and to the most intense episodes in the history of liberty: the American Wars of Independence and the Declaration of the Rights of Man.

He is known as the hero of the two worlds!

Intérieur du Château de Chavaniac Lafayette

Intérieur du Château de Chavaniac Lafayette

Chavaniac-Lafayette Castle, the Manor of the two worlds

Today, the spirit and heart of Lafayette are more than ever alive in this residence, where voices take you back in time and lights will guide you through the heart of the castle.

The walls recount the story of his life: his happy childhood in Chavaniac and his marriage with Adrienne de Noailles. Like in a play, the scene is set, and the characters brought together to perform a great event.

During the visit, you can find out more about the Marquis de Lafayette, as you walk along the corridor to see the Haute Loire room of his childhood. The visit continues in the Treasure room, then the room where Lafayette was born, and the scene of our hero’s wedding, which was to change his destiny.

Opening up the doors of history…