In 1632, with permission from Louis XIII, Cardinal Richelieu (you may remember him from the "Three Musketeers", but he was a real and powerful person) built the original "Gated Village" for the rich and famous. He also built himself a magnificent chateau, just outside the town, which did not survive the Revolution. Even after 200 years, he wasn't well thought of.
|The gate house to Richelieu's gardens; the chateau is gone, but the gardens remain.|
|One of the four gates into the village.|
|Plain or fancy?|
|The Market Hall, an essential part of village life, although I don't think they use this for their market days.|
|Rue Grande with the matching 14 houses on either side.|