Indre-et-Loire

Richelieu

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