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.

Friday 30 September 2016

The former Demi-Lune at the head of the castle's gardens in 1660

Now sadly without sculptures or exhibits
Engravings byJean Marot of the original design
'Le Magnifiqve Chasteav de Richeliev'


to inspire Mesdames S****, duT*** et B*******


Monday 26 September 2016

A panorama of the parc de Richelieu from the old wine cellars

Looking north-west,towards the site of the former château that was demolished in the 1840s...

click on the image for the full panorama
the same view from the same place by the engraver Jean Marot - 1660


Friday 16 September 2016

The colour palette of Richelieu's houses...

a house near the place du Marché

a side door to the church in ochre paint

the tuffeau masonry of the fausse porte

a house from the early 19th century

Monday 12 September 2016

A new notary for the town

The town's notaire - notary - has just retired and been substituted by a charming new successor in the role
Bénédicte Chabaneix.

Pierre Gravel was also the Mayor of the town, immediately before the current office holder, 
Hervé Novelli.
Many new Richelais and Richelaises got to know the cité idéale while in Pierre's hands,
as they negotiated and finally bought properties.

Good luck Bénédicte,
 from the old Abbé Henri Proust.