Chateau Observatoire Abbadia, Hendaye

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Must see · Architectural Building · Castle
In a country where many sites can trace their history through thousands of years, Chateau Observatoire Abbadia is rather modern.

Built between 1864 and 1879, this Neo-Gothic structure is a study in contrasts: old and new, Eastern and Western, science and Catholicism. It was built for linguist, anthropologist, geographer, and astronomer Antoine d'Abbadie, who designed the eclectic structure around his interests. Upon his death, he left the home to the French Academy of Sciences, which still owns it. Make Chateau Observatoire Abbadia part of your personalized Hendaye itinerary using our Hendaye online journey planner.
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  • We knew this wasn't a genuine chateau but it reminded us of something from Disney. The original owner was obviously a great scientist but this building is a poor legacy.  more »
  • Although the guided tour was in French we were given a translation. Beautiful building and an interesting hour on a rainy day.  more »
  • Pretty decent Castle considering the significance of the time. Could have done a better job with the downspouts to ensure the native lime in the Water does not compromise the mortar. Staff not as accommodating as it once was in the 1930s.
  • Very beautiful place, great views, free parking, free bathrooms, vending machine, entry costs 2€, guided tour costs 9,5€ (French, English, Spanish languages). There are also beach, park for walking and other things for outdoor activities. Highly recommended place.

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