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.
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Thursday 31 May 2007
The gates of the Richelieu mansions
Most of the mansions or 'Hôtels Particuliers' in the town are graced with similar carriage gates. Over the 350 years since the construction of the town, each of these stylish Louis XIII paired oak gates have been replaced as required. A few of the originals remain. A new pair has just been installed in 2007 on the Place Religieuses. Note the intriging interior construction.