Armoire aux 8 Serrures

L'Armoire aux 8 Serrures

Museum, Arts and culture, Local history, Municipal museum in Château-Ville-Vieille
  • What treasures were hidden in this strange cabinet with 8 locks so that 7 representatives of the Queyras municipalities and the Grand Consul had to open it simultaneously to activate its opening?

  • Symbol of the Republic of Escartons, it was made in 1773 by Joseph Sibille, cabinetmaker in St-Véran and contained the "archives of the Queiras valley", containing all the decisions taken by the elected officials of Escartons. It is made of cembro pine and decorated with relief sculptures of Italian influence.
    The mechanism was created in such a way that this cupboard could only be opened if all 8 key holders were present and opened the lock at the same time... a taste already pronounced...
    Symbol of the Republic of Escartons, it was made in 1773 by Joseph Sibille, cabinetmaker in St-Véran and contained the "archives of the Queiras valley", containing all the decisions taken by the elected officials of Escartons. It is made of cembro pine and decorated with relief sculptures of Italian influence.
    The mechanism was created in such a way that this cupboard could only be opened if all 8 key holders were present and opened the lock at the same time... a taste already pronounced for democracy!

    To try to solve the enigma, you will be able to see it in Ville-Vieille, hidden in the Maison communale on the 1st floor.
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