From the roof of the Saint-Germain-en-Laye Castle

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On a clear and sunny day I was fortunate to climb to the roof of the Saint-Germain-en-Laye castle. Open to the public on rare occasions only, the terrace roof provides another perspective on the castle itself and its gardens. It offers a stunning view over the town and the western suburbs of Paris. Here are a few photos if you can’t make it to the roof!


The roof of the Saint-Germain-en-Laye castle

The flat roof of the Saint-Germain-en-Laye castle is an amazing place if you take time to observe every little details.

It is decorated with balustrades, sculpted vases and ornate chimneys.

And of course, it offers a spectacular view down to the inner courtyard, the gardens, the forest, the town of Saint-Germain-en-Laye and the valley of the Seine River as far as La Défense.


Views of the castle and its inner courtyard

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Roof of the castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye © French Moments

Roof of Saint-Germain-en-Laye castle © French Moments

The inner courtyard of the castle seen from the roof © French Moments

Saint-Germain-en-Laye Inner Courtyard © French Moments

The courtyard, castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye © French Moments

Roof of Saint-Germain-en-Laye castle © French Moments

Roof of Saint-Germain-en-Laye castle © French Moments

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Roof of the castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye © French Moments


The campanile that stands on the castle’s keep


Other decorative features

The elegant sculpted vases:

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Sculpted vase on the roof of the castle © French Moments

Roof of Saint-Germain-en-Laye castle © French Moments

Sculpted vase on the roof of the castle © French Moments

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Sculpted vases on the roof of the castle © French Moments

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Sculpted vases on the roof of the castle © French Moments

“F” for François I, King of France:

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“F” for French King François I, roof of the castle © French Moments

I particularly like this view of the roof’s inner edge featuring vases and gargoyles:

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Roof of Saint-Germain-en-Laye castle © French Moments


View of the old town of Saint-Germain-en-Laye

The town seen from the roof of the Saint-Germain-en-Laye castle © French Moments

The town seen from the roof of the castle © French Moments

The church of Saint-Germain-en-Laye:

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The town seen from the roof of the castle © French Moments

And looking closer, the church’s neo-classical pediment:

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The church’s pediment seen from the roof of the castle © French Moments


View of the castle’s gardens

The great perspective from the Grand Parterre continued by the Avenue des Loges in the forest of Saint-Germain:

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The gardens seen from the roof of the castle © French Moments

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The gardens seen from the roof of the castle © French Moments

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The castle’s formal garden © French Moments


Useful Links about Saint-Germain-en-Laye

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The Castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye © French Moments

Please note that the visit of roof is usually not accessible to the public who visit the museum! This visit was organised by the Tourist Office of Saint-Germain-en-Laye at the occasion of an Instameet organised in the town!

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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