The current gardens were designed and laid out in the 19th century at the base of the curtain walls of the Marville fortification … or rather what remained of it after Louis XIV had conquered Lorraine. For strategic reasons, Vauban was given the order to dismantle Marville to fortify Montmédy……
Defined by terraces that follow the different levels and spaces in the defensive structure, the gardens are shaped by lines of low-cut, rounded box bushes that break the monotony of the straight and parallel lines of the outer wall and rampart walk.
While the terraces have always offered a floral décor composed mainly of rose bushes and other flowers that vary from year to year, more recently, the part of the gardens at the far end of the fortification with its corner tower has been laid out in a different style. The idea in this section is to preserve the very angular geometry of the structure by creating grassy levels that reflect this geometry.
Beyond the terraces, the defensive ramparts have also been cleared of their “jumble” of trees to create horizontal lines that give structure to the immediate landscape. These lines draw the eye towards the magnificent Othain valley that stretches out below the “Courtines garden”.
- OPENING 2017
Visit only by appointment except during these three events:
2, 3, 4 June: Meeting at the Gardens organized by DRAC Lorraine
17, 18 June on the occasion of the opening of the cellars of Marville to the vine growers,
16, 17 September: European Heritage Days
Access only by road, parking nearby in the village.