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Architecture of France

23 November 2009

1547 – Chateau de Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France

Architect: Domenico da Cortona The royal Château de Chambord is the largest castle in the Loire Valley, but was built to serve only as a hunting lodge for King François I, who maintained...

23 November 2009

1576 – Chateau Chenonceau, Indre-et-Loire, France

Chenonceau is probably the most famous chateau in the Loire valley. Built over the river Cher, the chateau is surrounded by water. The original chateau on this site was demolished by Thomas Bohier...

23 November 2009

15th C. – Chateau Amboise, Indre-et-Loire, France

The Chateau of Amboise, built by order of Charles VIII, Louis XII and François I between the 15th and 16th centuries was one of the first truly “royal” residences. Built on a rocky...

24 November 2009

15th C. – Hótel Goüin, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

Now containing the Sociétë Archéologique de Touraine, the Hótel Goüin is a fine Renaissance style mansion in the oldest part of the city. Built by René Gardette a rich silk merchant, it was...

23 November 2009

1630 – Chateau de Cheverny, Loir-et-Cher, France

Architect: Jacques Bougier Constructed between 1624 and 1630, to designs by the sculptor-architect of Blois, Jacques Bougier, who was trained in the atelier of Salomon de Brosse, and whose design at Cheverny recalls...

25 November 2009

1659 – Hôtel Salé (Museum Picasso), Paris

Architect: Jean Bouiller de Bourges Now converted to the Picasso Museum, this former mansion was built for Pierre Albert, Seigneur de Fontenay. It was built between 1656-59. The house has a fine gateway...

21 June 2010

1674 – Hotel de Ville, Lyon, France

Architect: Jules Hardouin-Mansart The Town Hall on place des Terreaux, was rebuilt in 1674 after a fire, by architects Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Robert de Cotte. In 1792 during the French Revolution, the half-relief...

01 December 2009

1674 – Hôtel des Invalides, Paris

Architect: Libéral Bruant / Jules Hardouin-Mansart This massive building was built as a convalescence home for disabled war veterans. In total it has 17 courtyards and 11 kilometres of corridors in a building...

25 November 2009

1683 – St. Thomas d’Aquin, Paris

Architect: Pierre Bullet Originally a Dominican monastery, the church of St Thomas Aquineas was built in nine months although the facade was later finished between 1765 and 1770. The main facade is a...