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.

Sunday 8 September 2019

The new location of the town's Notary.

The former treasury of the town of Richelieu, where formerly local taxes were levied and paid, is now being restored and renovated as the offices of the town' s new Notary.
It is, thank goodness, one site in the place des Religieuses that is being refurbished, while many of its grand neighbours are either empty, derelict or up for sale. The northern sector of this particular building is in a state of  gross delapidation.  Its price to purchase is absurdly small, but no-one so far wants to take on the cost of restoration of the Grade 1 protected part-hôtel particulier.

The former public functions of this building have been transferred to an office in Île Bouchard, a few kilometres away.


Saint Anne teaches the young Virgin to read

The statue has been restored, particularly the support stone that was formerly fractured and decaying.


The half completed by-pass - September 2019

September 2019: The civil engineering works to complete the town's by-pass continue apace. All should be complete by the year's end. An end to the endless daily procession of huge euro-trucks that lumber noisily past the 400 year-old girdling walls of the Cité Idéale.  Two thirds of this controversial by-pass have been completed for more than a decade, so everyone is pleased that, FINALLY, the objective of protecting the historic little town from the logistics assault will shortly be achieved.

The long-standing obstruction - some problems of plant and animal habitat disturbance - have themselves apparently been 'by-passed'.

looking at the round-about at the northern end

looking down the long new road, westward ho

the image to enlarge -
a panorama of the point of the northern junction