Richelieu and its castle!!

The town of Richelieu is located in the department of Indre-et-Loire no 37, in the Centre-Val de Loire region. On the borders of Touraine, Anjou and Poitou, the city now borders the department of Vienne no 86 and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Richelieu is located south of Chinon, west of Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine in the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Natural Park. In addition, the city of Richelieu belongs to the canton of Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine, which takes place within the district Chinonnais, in the department of Indre-et-Loire,no 37 in the Centre-Val de Loire region,

Richelieu Place du Cardinal statue Richelieu to porte du marche feb22

I had told you about the history and other things to see in my other post Curiosities of Richelieu; so let me tell you now about the former castle of Richelieu!!

Richelieu chateau by the porte des religieuses feb22

The main element of this city was the Cardinal’s castle. It was located in the current city park. Unfortunately, the castle was sold by the Du Plessis family in 1805 to Alexandre Boutron who resold almost all the stones leading to the disappearance of one of the largest 17C castles. Louis XIV visited the castle twice in 1650 and in 1660. And on several occasions he made offers to purchase the castle, to the Duchess of Aiguillon (niece of the Cardinal-Duke) who systematically refused.

Richelieu chateau ramparts by des religieuses feb22

Richelieu chateau ramparts by porte religieuses feb22

The Park of the city of Richelieu, shelters 4 vestiges of the old castle of the Cardinal-Duke of Richelieu and his family: the Entrance of Honor, the Dome (former riding school, restored in 2019), the Cellar and the Orangery. On the current rose garden originally stood the heart of the castle containing the Great Gallery of Battles, the Cardinal’s apartments in perfect symmetry with the apartments of King Louis XIII, the apartments of his wife Anne of Austria and the apartments of her Ladies of Honor. Nowadays, the Park belongs to the Sorbonne (Paris) as well as to the Community of towns of the region.

Richelieu Place du Cardinal to park old castle Richelieu feb22

The city of Richelieu and its heritagehttps://www.ville-richelieu.fr/culture-tourisme-patrimoine/un-peu-dhistoire/

There you go folks, a dandy beautiful place to see architecture and history of France before you intact for the most part since the 17C! Richelieu is nice, the Cardinal at least here did a good job! Too bad the castle here was not preserved! Hope you enjoy the tour as I

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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