Saturday, September 28, 2019

Chateau du Grand-Luce

From Forbes:
Originally, this 45,000 square foot mansion belonged to Baron Jacques Pineau de Viennay, a good friend of King Louis XV and his administrator of France’s eastern region, who spent four years constructing it starting in 1760 in then- cutting edge neoclassical style after doing a teardown of the medieval chateau on site. (Medieval walls on the 80 acre property are, however, still standing.) It’s regarded as one of the best examples of that architectural style in France and one of the rare bastions of aristocracy that survived the French Revolution intact. That was the result of the villagers’ fondness for the Baron’s daughter who harbored them in the estate’s outer buildings after a fire destroyed the village in 1781. (Read more.)

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