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Châteaux

Châteaux

Château de Pierrefonds

Château de Pierrefonds
The Château de Pierrefonds was originally built in the 12th Century with additions by the Duke of Orléans in the 15th Century. It was partially destroyed in the 17th Century on the orders of Richelieu, although his troops didn't finish it off as it was too big a job!

The Château remained a ruin until Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (later Napoleon III of France) visited it in 1850 and asked Viollet-le-Duc to undertake its restoration. Whilst Napoleon envisaged the creation of an imperial palace money soon ran out and after his death the reconstruction was scaled back somewhat. What does remain though is a fabulous facsimilie of a 14th Century French defensive castle.    more ...
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Château de Chantilly

Château de Chantilly
The Château de Chantilly is a historic château located in the town of Chantilly, France, around 20 minutes from Mouy. The Grand Château was destroyed during the French Revolution and rebuilt in the 1870s, being donated to the Institut de France by the owner, the Duc d'Aumale upon his death. Patrt of his bequest was the the château continued to house the Duc's extensive art collection after his death, and to remain open to the public. Today that art collection is shown in the Musée Condé, which is one of the finest art galleries in France, with paintings by Botticelli and Raphael. The Petit Château next door houses many original manuscripts and books, including a Gutenburg Bible.    more ...
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