Indre-et-Loire

Richelieu

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Richelieu
The Essential
Interesting
When Cardinal de Richelieu obtained the right, granted by Louis XIII, to build a city on his family estate, it paved the way to one of the 17C's greatest urban planning masterpieces. Laid out in a grid, the construction of the castle, symbol of power, was incorporated into the town. On the death of Richelieu, it continued to grow and the castle was dismantled. The city walls and some lavish private mansions are all that remain, representing a precious historic testimonial.