Voltaire

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The dinner December 1725. Voltaire, 30 years old, was invited to lunch by duke of Sully in his Parisian townhouse. Suddenly, a domestic turned up and gave him a note. Men were waiting for him...

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Voltaire’s pal In 1592, Olivier de Chastellux raised a big tower (the d’Amboise tower). What about the alteration of the main building and the construction of the outhouses? It happened in the 18th...

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From Budé to Voltaire We are here in Ferney, where the famous philosopher Voltaire spent his last years... Guillaume de Budé owned the place in 1674 and found a ruined stronghold. Two years later...

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Poor Voltaire! He published his Lettres philosophiques in 1734: oh horrors! The king threatened him with an imprisonment in Bastille jail and his book was forbidden. The writer ran away and his...

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A outdated visit! Originally, we find here a manor belonging to the family du Barquet: the last member of the family, Louis de Barquet, was 86 years old. He was childless. So, in 1747, the old...

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Narrow streets, old houses... here we are, in Riquewihr! Fortified in 1291, the seigneury was sold in 1324 by counts of Horbourg Walter IV and Burchard II to Ulrich X of Wurtemberg. In the 14th...

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In the 18th century, Maisons fell to René de Longueil’s grandson, Jean-René. He transformed a room into a chemistry laboratory (he get here a lovely Prussian blue) and a garden for rare plants: the...

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Let’s build! 1218. At that time, king of France Philip Augustus raised a keep on a site known since the Gallo-Roman time. A keep fell to lords of Sully, then: Guy de la Trémoille and his wife Marie...

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