Top 10 filming locations to visit during Heritage Days
Heritage Days and filming locations
Do you want to discover certain filming locations that are often closed to the public? Heritage Days are an excellent excuse to follow in the footsteps of your favourite heroes.
The Porte des Lilas ghost metro station – Paris (75)
Entirely dedicated to cinema, a former Porte des Lilas station, disused since 1939, is regularly used for filming. If the characters from Amélie Poulain’s Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain, Julie et Julia or 3 Days to Kill were able to borrow this station, Jean-Jacques Goldman also used it for his video Elle a fait un bébé tout seul, while Microsoft also used the place for its Imagine commercial. Hidden behind a simple grey door, this stop is exceptionally open for Heritage Days. Quiet, we’re rolling!
The Royal Abbey of Moncel – Pontpoint (60)
Founded in 1309 by Philippe le Bel on land confiscated from Philippe de Beaumanoir, jurisconsult of Senlis, the Royal Abbey of Moncel was, until 1792, occupied by nuns. Used as a military hospital, sold, dismantled stone by stone, the history of the place is very rich. Today, the abbey is used more as a reception area but also for filming such as for Un long dimanche de fiançailles, Christ(off) or Les Liaisons dangereuses. a must see.
Museum of the gendarmerie and cinema – Saint-Tropez (83)
From 1879 to 2003, this veritable gendarmerie welcomed a brigade of law enforcement officers before moving to rue François Sibilli. Closed for many years, the town hall decided in 2016 to renovate the premises to install the museum of the gendarmerie and cinema. And for good reason, it was within these walls that the legendary films of the saga Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez were shot. A place to visit, “If only you would allow me, Warrant Officer.”
Castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte – Maincy (77)
An incredible 17th century building, the replica of the Palace of Versailles built for Nicolas Fouquet has been used many times in film shoots, including Moonraker, Marie-Antoinette, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Wolf Pact and the Versailles series broadcast on Canal+. Le Nôtre’s optical effect gardens are also a must-see if you want to slip into the sovereign’s shoes or exclaim “Il est l’or mon seignor!” like Yves Montand in La folie des grandeurs.
Château de La Motte-Tilly – La Motte-Tilly (10)
Built in 1754, the castle was originally designed as a country residence for the Terray brothers, close to Louis XV. Occupied many times during the conflicts of 1814 and the Second World War, the building made history thanks to Milos Forman’s film, Valmont. On the occasion of the Journées du Patrimoine, a tribute will be paid to the director who died in 2018 to mark the 30th anniversary of the film’s release. An event not to be missed from Saturday 21 September from 5pm.
Château de Brou – Brou-sur-Chantereine (77)
Built in the second half of the 17th century, although the dovecote dates from 1545, the Château de Brou was a country residence of the Feydeau family, known to be related to Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac. Enlarged over time, the property remained in the same family until 1844 and Charles-Floréal Thiébaut, whose descendants still own it. Today, the sumptuous residence is rented out for receptions or film or video shootings. Mylène Farmer put her cameras there for her video clip Libertine, Desireless for Voyage, voyage, while the R.I.S Police Scientifique team went there for an episode and Alain Corneau chose this château for his film Le Deuxième souffle.
Hotel d’Avaray – Paris (75)
The capital is once again in the spotlight with the Hotel d’Avaray. This building was built in 1723 and rented to the British ambassador, Horace Walpole. He was the inventor of the concept of serendipity, i.e. to make a discovery in a totally fortuitous way, like Christopher Columbus and America or Viagra. In 1920, it was the turn of the Dutch government to buy the mansion and make it its embassy in France. Rented on a regular basis for filming, the building appears notably in Tais-toi ! or Intouchables.
Castle of Anet – Anet (28)
There has been a fortress on this site since the 14th century. It was first dismantled by Charles VII and the remaining buildings were sold to Pierre de Brézé whose family retained the usufruct until the death of his grandson, Louis de Brézé, the husband of Diane de Poitiers. A favourite of Francis I, she asked for the castle to be rebuilt in 1540 and made it one of the most beautiful in France. Now privately owned, the building has survived through the ages with a few ups and downs. Operation Thunderbolt paid tribute to her in 1965, as did Mary Queen of Scots in 2013.
Village of Gourdon – Alpes-Maritimes (06)
From the top of its vertiginous peak of 760 m, Gourdon is recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in France. A strategic military location since Roman times, the incredible city has known crazy stories and was notably visited by Queen Victoria in 1891, sung by Jacques Higelin in Août put in 2010, while the cameras of Les Misérables with Hugh Jackman have immortalized its dwellings.
Mont-Saint-Michel – English Channel (50)
One of the most popular tourist sites in Normandy and one of the most visited in France, Mont-Saint-Michel is an incredible village. Built on a rock surrounded by a bay, this incredible city is an emblematic element of French heritage but also in pop culture. Quoted in the novels The Crumb Fairy and The Horla, Mike Oldfield sang it in his eponymous title, Michael Bay immortalized it in Armageddon, while the video games Pokémon X and Y and Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood make it a real playground.
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By Anthony Thibault