The city of Richelieu

Just ten minutes by bike from the Logis de la Pataudière, what a nice surprise for architecture lovers ! The city, built in 1631 by the architect of the Palais Royal, Jacques Lemercier, is called “ideal”! And for good reason: the aerial view allows us to understand immediately the perfect symmetry of its squares and alleys.

To observe it as soon as you arrive, we advise you to go through the north gate from Champigny-sur-Veude. Richelieu has kept the entire wall and moat, which is quite rare in France. From here you have an impressive view of the main axis that runs through the city.

You arrive on four small squares lined with chestnut trees of perfect proportions. Park here and do the rest on foot, the city is small and full of details that you would miss by rolling …

These places lead to the main street, the rue Royale necessarily! No less than 28 mansions, all drawn on the same plane, face each other. There are few shops or advertising areas, which gives a real stamp to this street as “out of time” … For the rest of the visit, it’s up to you to discover !