|The northern Chinon Gate in the town's encircling walls|
The two leaves of the historic Porte de Chinon have been restored to working condition by the company Menuiserie Guérin Frères of Pouzay - a village 10km away from Richelieu. The gates have been rehung and the ensemble opened in a ceremony led by Richelieu's Mayor Novelli. The detailed restoration work took the old broken fragments of the original 17th century gate leaves and incorporated new work - of 200 year old Normandy oak - to rebuild them back to more-or-less original condition.
|2013 painted ochre...|
This is the first project that represents works helped by the new Fonds de Dotation. Half of the 30,000€ cost was met by the state and 50% by the town itself, including finance from the newly established endowment fund.
|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.