A Tragic Fate

To house his precious liqueur, Alexandre Le Grand decided to have a palace-cum-factory built to represent the glory of his Bénédictine®. To implement such a grandiose project, he called upon the architect Camille Albert, a rival of Viollet-le-Duc, whose record ranked him as one of the specialists in Gothic architecture.

The new buildings were inaugurated in 1888. No-one, however, could have imagined the tragic fate of the site. On January 12, 1892, the sky of Fécamp was painted blood-red; the Palais was in flames.

The Palais was totally destroyed as well as Alexandre Le Grand’s own home. Fires were not unusual in factories at the end of the 19th Century, but on that particular day in 1892 it was a case of arson.

Where other people would have preferred to turn the page and forget as soon as possible, Alexandre Le Grand decided to have a bigger, even more handsome palace built.The new project came into being under the guidance of Camille Albert and Ferdinand Marrou, a famous wrought-iron specialist of the time.

Renaissance

In 1898, the year Alexandre Le Grand died, the new Palais opened its doors and was officially inaugurated on July 25, 1900.

The new Palais, half-Gothic, half-Renaissance, surprised everyone by its audacity and originality. With its countless architectural references, the Bénédictine Palais is a subtle harmony of extravagance and sobriety.

Moreover, its architecture is the affirmation of the continuation of the centuries-old heritage of the Rule of Saint Benedict. Travellers coming to Fécamp, by land or by sea, are guided by the bell-tower of the Palais.

Whilst the originality of the exterior construction is surprising in itself, it is matched by that of the interior architecture. The sheer diversity and opulence of the decoration plunge visitors into a fairyland entirely dedicated to Bénédictine®.

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Art & Industry

The Palais is also a sanctuary housing the collections of the
Le Grand family. They are extremely rich and varied, ranging from old books to sculpture, painting and even wrought ironwork.

The library, situated in the Gothic room, includes over a thousand volumes essentially from Fécamp Abbey. The Books of Hours, containing the prayers of the Church, are a fine example. Dating from before the invention of printing, they were transcribed by hand by monks and decorated with countless illuminations.

The Renaissance room of the museum houses a unique collection of keys. Some skilfully wrought, others plainer, large and small, they make up an original collection started in the 14th Century and later acquired by Alexandre Le Grand.

Today, the Palais continues its artistic quest with regular exhibitions in its gallery of contemporary art by artists such as Warhol, Dali or Zao Wou-Ki.