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.

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Beautiful decay





While much of the CITÉ IDÉALE seems to be being renovated at present, there remain many spots of dereliction. Such is the overall quality of the urbanism created long ago by the Cardinal, his architects and builders, these delipdated properties seem to have a romantic elegance that would be lost once the builders arrive. Such was Venice after the Napoleonic wars when the poet Lord Byron and his friends started the aesthetic romance of beautiful decay.

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