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Château de Pierrefonds

In 1393 Louis of Orleans had a fortified residence built near Compiègne. Pierrefonds was designed to keep an eye on trade between Flanders and Burgundy. In 1616 Louis XIII laid a fatal siege to Pierrefonds Castle, taking it them dismantling it. The ruin was forgotten until it was bought by Napoleon I in 1810. In 1857 Napoleon III entrusted the restoration work to the architect Viollet-le-Duc, who applied his arch ...
Founded: 1393 | Location: Oise, France

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Monet's Garden

Claude Monet lived for forty-three years, from 1883 to 1926, in Giverny. With a passion for gardening as well as for colours, he conceived both his flower garden and water garden as true works of art. Walking through his house and gardens, visitors can still feel the atmosphere which reigned at the home of the Master of Impressionnism and marvel at the floral compositions and nymphéas, his greatest sources of inspiration.

In 1890 Monet had enough money to buy the house and land outright and set out to create the magnificent gardens he wanted to paint. Some of his most famous paintings were of his garden in Giverny, famous for its rectangular Clos normand, with archways of climbing plants entwined around colored shrubs, and the water garden, formed by a tributary to the Epte, with the Japanese bridge, the pond with the water lilies, the wisterias and the azaleas.

Today the Monet's Garden is open to the public.