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.

Thursday 3 June 2010

28 Grande Rue re-opens after building works

Number 28 Grande Rue is the hôtel particulier - the mansion - on the Grande Rue that was restored by the TV actor Gerard Klein and his wife.  It was bought by the municipality in 2007 and is now used as a museum example of the 28 identical hôtels that flank the town's main street.  As it had been restored as a home rather than a museum, it was necessary to make certain adaptations to make it conform with public building saftey standards.  The works have lasted most of a year, but now the mansion has re-opened.  The interior (as yet unvisited in its new format by the Abbé Henri Proust) now includes an exhibition of material about the Cardinal and the history of his new town called ESPACE RICHELIEU:.  All this in addition to the municipal Museum at the Mairie - the townhall - at the other end of the street.

The panel on the exterior shows times of access:
May and June:         at weekends                       10 - 12 am, closed for déjeuner (it is France!), 2 - 6 pm
July to September:   everyday                            10 - 12 am, closed for déjeuner, 2 - 6 pm
School holidays, Easter and All Saints Day:          10 - 12 am, closed for déjeuner, 2 - 6 pm

The Abbé will shortly add pictures of the interior, once he actually gets through the door!

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