Click here for the clever jig-saw puzzle on the Facebook page of the Office de Tourisme of the little town of
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.
|Jean Marot - Engraver + Architect - 1619-1679|
|Text about the Chateau of Richelieu|
|Jacques Lemercier - archit.|
|The northern Chinon Gate in the town's encircling walls|
|2013 painted ochre...|
|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|