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1977

13 June 1977

When the Château of Puy du Fou was discovered on 13 June 1977, it was little more than a nettle-covered ruin. Forty years later, Puy du Fou - created by Philippe De Villiers - is hailed as an international success story, with more than 2.2 million visitors each year. Here are the milestones in our 40-year history:

1978

16 June 1978

The first Cinéscénie performance takes place on the 16th June, performed by more than 600 members of the Puy du Fou association, who are known as the ‘Puyfolais’. The spellbound public applaud the actors and more than 80,000 visitors are enthralled during the first year.

1981
1981

Georges Delerue composes the first original score for the Cinéscénie.
1984
1984

Puy du Fou holds its first charity performance with Yves Montand in aid of cancer research. Puy du Fou has since donated more than 3,000,000 euros to various charitable organisations in France and around the world.
1989
1989

In order to cope with the success of Cinéscénie, which was attracting increasing numbers of visitors, the ‘Puyfolais’ decide to create Puy du Fou’s Grand Parc. This innovative daytime attraction brings together culture and leisure, fun and education, spectacle and emotion.
1990
1990

The Cinéscénie's dismantlable wooden seating is no longer adequate. The descision is taken to build a grandstand to seat 12,000.
1993
1993

Alexander Solzhenitsyn hosts an extraordinary evening at Puy du Fou paying tribute to the heros of the Vendean uprising. In the same year, Puy du Fou hosts the start of the Tour de France, which also returns in 1997 and 1999.
1990-1994
1990 - 1994

Each year, a new show is added to the Grand Parc: The “Spectacle de Fauconnerie”, a falconry show (1991), the “Chemin de la Mémoire (1991), the “Théâtre d’Eau” (1992) and the “Fête de Chevalerie” (1994).
1995
1995

Within a few months, the Cité Médiévale in the Grand Parc is built and opens its stalls.

A new show is created at the foot of the fortress: the “Magicien Ménestrel”.
1997
1997

At the heart of the Grand Parc, the Fort de l’An Mil takes shape and offers visitors a journey to the time of the Vikings. This year is also the 20th anniversary of the Cinéscénie, which is marked by the expansion of the stage to 5 hectares and an additional 2,000 seats.
1998
1998

The Junior Academy is founded to train Puy du Fou’s artists and technicians of the future. It now teaches 29 artistic and theatre technology disciplines and takes 600 pupils each year.
2000
2000

The “Bataille du Donjon” show is created for the Grand Parc. It is narrated by actor Alain Delon and includes breathtaking stunts.
2001
2001

The Grand Parc’s Gallo-Roman Stadium is opened at an event hosted by Patrick Poivre d'Arvor and Jean Claude Killy. The new Gladiator show is the only one of its kind in the world. The Cinéscénie also celebrates its 7 millionth spectator.
2003
2003

A new show “Le Bal des Oiseaux Fantômes” opens in the Grand Parc, a magnificent fantasy featuring birds of prey. In the same year, a new Cinéscénie show is performed with Alain Delon, Michel Drucker, Patrick Poivre d'Arvor, and Jean Claude Killy. Nick Glennie Smith composes a new soundtrack.
2004
2004

The Bourg 1900 opens. Located at the entrance of the Grand Parc, it transports visitors straight to the Belle Epoque thanks to its old-style shops and musical automatons.
2005
2005

The Grand Parc revamps its Viking show with even more astonishing special effects! The Cinéscénie stage is enlarged with the construction of an enormous new set representing a village which covers 10,000m2.
2006

2006

The Grand Carrousel, an enormous 6,000m2 riding house, is built to accommodate the new swashbuckling show “Mousquetaire de Richelieu”.

2007
2007

Visitors are now able to extend their journey through time by staying in Puy du Fou's Villa Gallo-Romaine, in the heart of ancient Rome!
2008
2008

Puy du Fou celebrates its 30th birthday with three new additions: “L'Odyssée du Puy du Fou”, the “Légende de Martin”, and a stunning new finale to the Cinéscénie.
2009
2009

Visitors to the Grand Parc are able to experience a magical evening show “Les Orgues de Feu” for the first time. They are now able to discover the luxuries of the 18th century by staying at Puy du Fou’s second hotel, “Le Logis de Lescure”.
2010
2010

A new medieval adventure is launched in the Grand Parc with the opening of a major new show “Le Secret de la Lance” and the third hotel opens, “Les Iles de Clovis”. Spread over more than 7 hectares, this lakeside village transports visitors to the time of the vikings.
2011
2011

The Gallo-Roman Stadium is given a makeover and houses a new show, “Le Signe du Triomphe”.
2012
2012

Puy du Fou immerses its visitors in the world of Jean de La Fontaine. Visitors are able to experience a playful and interactive adventure in a magical garden full of surprises.
2013
2013

Puy du Fou opens a completely new show for visitors, “Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde” (Knights of the Round Table) with extravagant special effects mixed with classic magic tricks.
2014
2014

Puy du Fou expands with the addition of a Renaissance world that incorporates many new features, including the “Camp du Drap d'Or” (Field of the Cloth of Gold) hotel and an original new show “La Renaissance du Château”.

2015
2015

A new show opens in the Grand Parc. The poignantly realistic “Amoureux de Verdun” tells the story of the daily lives of French soldiers in the trenches of Verdun during the Great War.

The Cinéscénie includes a brand new scene for the 2015 season: the "Venetian Ball".
2016

2016

Puy du Fou has never seen anything so big! An incredible new venue is built to house Puy du Fou’s new show “Le Dernier Panache”. Visitors discover the glorious destiny of a French naval officer - a hero of the American War of Independence - whose life changes dramatically in 1793, in a last fight for freedom!

2017
2017

To celebrate 40 years, Puy du Fou offers its visitors 4 new creations including the “Grand Carillon” - an unusual musical show - and “La Citadelle” the Cité Nocturne’s fifth themed hotel. Visitors are invited to spend the night under the protection of the knights of Puy du Fou.