The Château d'Allaman was constructed around the year 1200 on the shores of lake Geneva, just between Geneva and Lausanne.
The Count de Vaud, Louis de Savoie occupied the Castle, as well as the Count de Rossillon, the Baron de Russin, the Jacques Cerjat, Le Seigneur de Denezy.
Purchased by the Marquise de Langallerie in 1723, the Savoyard fortress was changed into a hospitable castle.
Upon her demise the castle was purchased in 1755 by the young Genevois banker Jean-Gaspard de Sellon.
His son, Jean de Sellon, assembled a celebrated collection of paintings, including pictures attributed to Giotto, Fra Angelico, Giovanni Bellini, Leonardo, and Raphael.
It was in Florence that his son, Jean-Jacques de Sellon, learned that Leopold, Grand-Duke of Tuscany, had abolished capital punishment and crime had not risen as a result. Apart from the arts acquired, this discovery was to lay the foundation for his future engagement.
Entering the legislative council of Geneva in 1816, Jean-Jacques fought continuously against capital punishment, his credo in the absolute respect for human life led him to fight against slavery, and in 1830 he founded the Society for Peace (Société de la Paix), the first on the Continent, soon after that founded in England and that in the United States of America.
A great admirer of Napoleon I, Jean-Jacques offered hospice to many members of that family and other dignitaries, both in the townhouse in Geneva and at Castle d'Allaman.
The sizeable collection of paintings inherited was enlarged by portraits of figures that he admired for their compassion in humanity.
PARKS, GARDENS & GRAND CRU VINEYARDS
3 3 H E C T A R E S ( 8 1 A C R E S )
= 72% B I G G E R than
GREEN PARK, LONDON
19 HECTARES (47 ACRES)
= 73% THE SIZE of
VATICAN CITY, ROME
44 HECTARES (110 ACRES)
= 17% of the
PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO
195 HECTARES (482 ACRES)
= 1.1 x BIGGER than
DISNEYLAND in CALIFORNIA
29 HECTARES (74 ACRES)
= 1/10 the SIZE of
NEW YORK's CENTRAL PARK
= the size of
152 FOOTBALL FIELDS
152 FOOTBALL FIELDS
(There are 0.53 hectares in 1 football field)
17 Hectares (42 Acres)
= ~ 2 TIMES the SIZE of THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND's
BUCKINGHAM PALACE GROUNDS
... a n d ...
IS ONE OF SWITZERLAND's
LARGEST PRIVATE ESTATES
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