Sculpted by Ligier Richier, in the year 1547, Transi de René de Chalon was built to honor the Prince of Orange. However, the sculpture is far from your regular memorials. A near-skeletal figure with torn skin and muscles, holding its heart in his hand, hardly looks like the 25 year old René de Chalon. But it was built to look like a decomposing corpse, as per specific instructions from the royal family. The reason behind this isn't clear, though some say it is to symbolize doing right by God even in death. Whatever the reasons, Transi de René de Chalon, which literally means "transforming René de Chalon", is a unique work of art and is often visited by art lovers from around the world.
Located in the beautiful French town of Joinville, Château du Grand Jardin is a stunning historical mansion and park which sees a large number of tourist footfalls every year with its rich history, colorful cultural events and picturesque manicured gardens. Originally constructed in the 16th Century as a grand banquet house for the noble family of Guise, it was restored to its former glory in the 1980s and is today owned and maintained by the General Council of Haute-Marne. One can see many statues, flower beds, exotic plants, fruit trees along with the remarkable architecture and interiors of the castle. Live music concerts, theatrical performances, circuses, exhibitions and art installations are regularly hosted here along with guided tours, the details of which can be checked on the official website.