|Cardinal de Richelieu by Philippe de Champaigne|
Whew! In past trips we've come across his history in La Rochelle and Brouage. In 1627, Richelieu ordered the army to besiege the Huguenot stronghold of La Rochelle, starving many of its citizens. Brouage is where he stayed while the siege was going on.
A quick summation of Cardinal Richelieu is that he worked towards creating an absolute monarchy, suppressed the once-mighty aristocracy, and utterly destroyed remnants of Huguenot political power. Richelieu's policies were the requisite prelude to Louis XIV becoming the most powerful monarch, and France the most powerful nation, in all of Europe during the late 17th century.
|One of four gates to the walled town|
Richelieu spent his youth here and when he was in a position to do so, bought the village of his ancestors.
Richelieu then engaged the architect Jacques Lemercier, responsible for La Sorbonne, and the Palais Cardinal - now the Palais Royal - in Paris.
|Fountain in Town Square|
|Second Hand Store|
|Miniature school room|
|Statue of Richelieu|
We can vouch that this town has the best café crème that Karl has ever tasted because the cream arrives hot and steaming, and I can vouch that the corner bakery has the best "pain aux raisins" - they mix a bit of pastry cream to the raisins. Just delicious!
Richelieu Park is a vast section of the town where people come to picnic, enjoy the gardens, and appreciate the fresh air.
|Park Gate |
|Richelieu in cast iron art|
|Karl by the moat|
|Marguerite by the moat|
|Marguerite in Rose Garden|
|Dôme - the old stables|
|Feel the serenity|
|Karl in formal gardens|
|Karl IN a tree|
|The air is so pure|
|Life is grand|