Set high up on the rock of Saint-Martin-le-Vinoux, near Grenoble, La Casamaures is a little exotic palace surrounded by a green setting. Its neo-Moorish architecture holds a double interest: its orientalist style, witnessing the European craze for oriental cultures, and its innovative building technique, « cast cement ». The façades of columns and Moorish arches are built in « grey gold » over terrace gardens (from 1855 to 1867). It is a true masterpiece of Grenoble moulder-craftsmen who used the first quicksetting cements of Bastille galleries.
The inside decors speak of love ; the concealed hearts, the calligraphy in Arabic testify to the passions of Joseph Julien also known as Cochard (1803-1886), the first owner of the house, for his wife.
The winter garden, the Turkish fireplaces, the handpainted wallpapers and the orientalist decors remind one of the houses on the Bosphorus, Istanbul and the Turkish culture. This palace is evidence of the history of Grenoble and its mixture of oriental cultures with the expertise of master craftsmen from Isère.The gardens and arbours are adorned with exotic plants like the magnolia grandiflora labelled « Remarkable Tree of France » (last witness of the ancient exotic 19th century park).
Rendez-vous aux jardins 2015
From 2015-06-06 14:00 to 2015-06-07 17:00
Palais orientaliste du XIXe siècle. Témoins de
l'ensemble du parc disparu, demeurent 1500m²
de jardins : les jardins de l'orangerie, les terrasse, le jardin d'hiver et le magnolia grandiflora âgé de 150 ans
- Nearby city: Grenoble (3 km)
- Nearby city: Voiron (28 km)
- Distance from Paris: more than 180 miles
- Nearby airport: Grenoble-Isère (46 km)
- Nearby station: Grenoble (3 km)