Thursday, March 11, 2004

Mansart, Fran�ois

In 1642 Ren� de Longeuil, an immensely wealthy financier and officer of the royal treasury, commissioned Mansart to build a ch�teau on his estate. The ch�teau of Maisons (now called Maisons-Laffitte, in the chief town of the d�partement of Yvelines) is unique in that it is the only building by Mansart in which the interior decoration (graced particularly by a magnificent


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