Published: 25 June 2013 by: Holidays For Couples
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Pierrefonds 2004 Idarvol de Wikipedia

6. Pierrefonds 

Location: near Paris

The imposing castle of Pierrefonds, located 80 km to the north-east of Paris, sits enchantingly around a bend in the road beside the Compiègne Forest. Built in the 12th century, the castle was destroyed in the 17th century then completely restored by the architect Viollet-le-Duc under the direction of Napoleon III. This unusual reconstruction, often criticised, resulted in a grandiose architectural ensemble, making Pierrefonds a medieval as well as a modern 19th century castle. For this, Pierrefonds is known as “the romantic folly of the Emperor”.

 

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