The history of Château Neuf:
Le Château-Neuf de Saint-Germain-en-LayeThe castle has build in Yvelines at the second half of the sixteenth century in Saint-Germain-en-Laye near the Château-Vieux (current castle, name given in opposition of the first castle built) to serve as a royal residence until 1680, years during which the court left him to resettle in the old castle that was enlarged and modernized by Mansart.
The new castle (Château Neuf) was one of the great royal castles. It foreshadowed the current style very well the Palace of Versailles, and smaller it is true. But it's not really the architecture of the castle was the most interesting but also its garden and its magnificent caves, unique works of Italian artists including the Francini brothers. The castle was built further on the basis of a pavilion which takes its initial architecture Philibert de L'Orme (also architect of the Tuileries) under the request of Henry II. It is possible also that there was previously a building under Francis I, but no credible evidence does today to confirm it.
However the castle was truly definitive educated under Henry IV will expand dramatically by bringing the castle terraces and caves known at the time. The other two architects of Androuet Hoop and John and William Marchant Fourcy for masonry work. Completed around 1603, Henry will come regularly, rather like a house of 'rest' as truly as a primary residence. The French garden will run down to the Seine on five terraces, the landscape is Stephen Gardener Dupérac and Claude Mollet.
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The château Neuf, the castle during the reign of Louis XIV
The great terrace of the castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Remains and traces of the new castle on the outskirts of the castle old castle today Saint-Germain.
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