JLL, hope you don't mind the Abbé Proust re-blogging this exercise in photography!
The topics of this blog are Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Duke of Richelieu, and the IDEAL CITY built on his command next to his magnificent CHÂTEAU on the borders of Touraine, Anjou and Poitou, in France.
|The northern Chinon Gate in the town's encircling walls|
|before the works...|
|roads blocked off while the doors are installed|
|half original, half new - careful piecing in|
|Installing the doors|
|Refurbished metal work from the original doors|
|White van men do their stuff|
|Erecting the two tonne door leaves|
|Patched in Normandy oak added to the 17th C original|
|Oak and masonry, in 17th century style|
|Frères Guérin finish off the exterior|
|Mayor Novelli cuts the ribbon with Mme. Bartelémy of Bâtiments de France|
|Madamoiselle Bartelémy tries the wicket gate for size - in wellies!|
|a panorama of the porte de Chinon from the North|
How was the porte de Chinon intended to be?
Archit. Henri Proust speculates on behalf of architects Jaques Lemercier and Jean Marot.
Marot is thought to be the design architect of the town's elegant gates.
|The Endowment Fund|
|pages from the official documents|
|projects past and future|
|Restore - enhance value - redevelop|
|the refurbished grain works|
|the anonymous front door of PSC|
|Victory at the polls - 89.3%! A happy Inge with her Reinhold|
|the victory chorus|
|the classical frontage to the Sainte Chapelle on a mid-summer's evening|
|a remnant of the castle walls|
|a concert within the chapelle showing the stained glass windows|
|the vaulting and support columns|
|some of the stained glass windows|
|17th century citizens|
|girl musketeers (whatever next!)...|
|the King's carriage|
|Daddy Longlegs and Mummy Longlegs|
[Order Phalangida: numerous genera and species, including the common Phalangium opilio.]
|a set of hurdy-gurdies|