The castle of La Verrerie in Le Creusot, Saône-et-Loire

A dive into the industrial history of the city of Le Creusot

The castle of the Verrerie du Creusot is located in the heart of the city, it was the residence of the Schneider family for more than a century (1836-1960). During the splendor of the Schneider family during the First World War, the city had more than 35,000 inhabitants (today 23,000). The majority of the city's inhabitants worked in the steel mills owned by the Schneider family. There are very few traces left of the industrial activity in the city of Le Creusot, only the castle and its park which remains the last testimony of the power of the Schneider family.

The castle and its park can be visited, they were sold to the city of Creusot in the 60s, the castle is now a museum of industry.

The museum of the castle of La Verrerie

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Duration: 2 h.

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Inconnu05/16/2022 12:01:29 rating very disappointing

NON ! Ces canons n'ont pas été coulés au Creusot ! Renseignez-vous !

The parterre in front of the castle

The parterre in front of the castle
All around the castle are cannons that were cast in Creusot and that made the fortune of the Schneider family.

The facade of the château de la Verrerie

The facade of the château de la Verrerie
At its peak in the early 1900s, the Schneider family received foreign heads of government at the Château de la Verrerie. Even though the family became very wealthy during the First World War, they also lost a son who was an aviator and was destined to take over the company.

The entrance of the castle

The entrance of the castle

The towers of the Creusot crystal factory

The towers of the Creusot crystal factory
There was an industry before the establishment of the Schneider steel mills. Indeed, Louis XVI had decided to establish a crystal factory to avoid buying English products. The location of Le Creusot was chosen because of the proximity of coal mines.

The courtyard of the castle

The courtyard of the castle

The entrance of the museum

The entrance of the museum
The castle contains a museum dedicated to industry. The entrance fee is 9.80 euros.

The view on the park from the castle

The view on the park from the castle

A pond in the park

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A pond in the park

The park of the castle

The park of the castle
The beautiful park is a typical English landscape garden of the Napoleon III period.

Animals in the park

Animals in the park
You can see some farm animals in the park.

View on the castle

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View on the castle
The park is really worth a look.
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