The western facade of the castle of Saint-Point
Aerial view of the castle of Saint-Point
The western facade of the castle of Saint-Point
The roman church and tomb of Lamartine, next to the castle of Saint-Point
Alphonse de Lamartine’s office

’Alphonse de Lamartine’s office

The artists' chimney, by Marianne de Lamartine
Objects and letters from Alphonse de Lamartine
Property labelled Maison des Illustres
Property labelled Maison des Illustres

Alphonse de Lamartine

Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869) was a poet, writer and politician. He was one of the major figures of French romanticism.

After spending his childhood in Milly and studying in Belley, Lamartine was sent to Italy where he discovered Florence, Roma and Napoli. He then asserted his literary vocation: the Méditations poétiques, a collection of twenty four poems were immensely successful in 1820.

In 1830, he was elected at the Académie Française. Embassy attaché in Napoli, then deputy of the North region in France, departmental councillor for Mâcon and Minister for Foreign Affairas, he became the chief of the 1848 Provisional government but failed at the presidential election.

During his political career, he contributed to the second abolition of slavery in France.

The castle of Saint-Point

Saint-Point, castle inhabited from the 12th to the 15th century was bought by the chevalier de Pratz, Alphonse de Lamartine’s father, while it was in state of abandon in 1801. It became the poet’s family home.

Alphonse de Lamartine inherited the castle in advance at the occasion of his marriage with an English aristocrat, Marry-Ann Birch and began to restore it in the Anglo-Saxon gothic style that he discovered during a trip to England.

Lamartine had a quatrefoil gallery built as well as a a neogothic portico and English gardens.

The castle’s neogothic façade, Lamartine’s office and bedroom, listed as Monuments historiques (important sites of cultural heritage in France), have been preserved as they were when the poet passed away.

Portrait of Mary-Ann birch

Marianne de Lamartine

English aristocrat, Mary-Ann Birch, married Alphonse de Lamartine in 1820.

She would live with him in the castle of Saint-Point where the pictures she painted are conserved as well as her personal items, evoking her presence.

The tower’s staircase
A visit at the castle of Saint-Point includes a tour of Alphonse de Lamartine’s bedroom and office, his particular secretary’s office as well as the Lamartine Museum.

Situated in the ground floor’s main room, it gathers personal items and memorabilia, preserved by his niece, Valentine de Cessiat.