Sunday, February 26, 2017

France, Loire Valley - Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire II (The Interior Courtyard)

The Age of Enlightenment and Romantic Era at Chaumont were marked by Jacques Donatien Le Ray (1726-1803), 
Intendant of the Invalides of Louis XVI.
He made his fortune in trade and bought Château de Chaumont in 1750.

Today, the château has three sides built around a central courtyard. 
However, the original construction had four sides. 
Jacques Donatien Le Ray demolished the north wing and opened the courtyard in the U shape 
in order to enjoy the splendid view over the Loire and to overlook the village.

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