Marie-Antoinette

Louis XVII's grave - ©Mick.2.lapirand0le / CC-BY-SA Louis XVII's grave - ©Mick.2.lapirand0le / CC-BY-SA

Louis XVII’s grave? The little neighboring cemetery houses… Louis XVII’s grave. On this tomb, we can read this: ″L. XVII, 1785-1795″ and Attendite et videte si est dolor sicut dolor meus, "see if...

Marie-Antoinette (by Vigée-Lebrun) - ©Yann Caradec / CC-BY-SA Marie-Antoinette (by Vigée-Lebrun) - ©Yann Caradec / CC-BY-SA

My kingdom for a perfume! Every royal perfumers shopped their flowers in Grasse… In the reign of Louis XIII, it was the fashion of the gloves perfumed with frangipane, coming from Italy. In the...

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Vaurenard and the Corteille The first castle of Vaurenard dates back to the 14th century, a simple manor house raised for lords of Beaujeu. Then, the land fell to several owners, until 1672, where...

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Provence’s little Trianon The Forbin: Scottish at the controls The current castle of Sauvan, in Mane, was created in 1719 by architect Jean-Baptiste Franque, for a local chap: François de Forbin...

Marie-Antoinette, Mirabeau - ©Leipzig University Library / Public domain Marie-Antoinette, Mirabeau - ©Leipzig University Library / Public domain

Marie-Antoinette in Saint-Cloud Then, in 1785, Marie-Antoinette turned up. Yes, she just bought Saint-Cloud for 6 millions of livres and completely re-fit out the apartments. She was fond of the...

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Originally, queen Marie-Antoinette asked architect Lenoir to raise a theatre because the Palais-Royal’s Opera built by architect Moreau just burnt in 1781: quick, quick, the queen wanted quick...

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Bagatelle: a bet, a folie Well, king Louis XVI's brother, count d'Artois, owned the estate in 1775 and raised a little castle, the current one. The legend says the count and Marie-Antoinette bet 100...

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Montgeoffroy castle was put up by the Parisian architect Jean-Benoît Barré for the marshal of Contades, between 1773 and 1776. A brand new comfortable Classical castle... in 1780, the marshal moved...

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Gabrielle de Polignac The Polignac abandoned La Voûte in the 18th century: they preferred Versailles! At that time, we meet the most famous Polignac: Jules de Polignac and his wife Gabrielle de...

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Middle Ages in Ainay The first fortress was mentioned since the year one thousand. Ainay belonged to lords des Barres; several sirs among them went down in history during crusades. In the 14th...


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