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VU151 Le Chateau de Maisons Lafitte: an architectural masterpiece of Mansart

  • 15 Jun 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • meet at 9.45 am at 2 avenue Carnot, 78600 Maisons-Laffitte. Meeting point details provided after registration.

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Only half an hour from Paris by RER, the Château de Maisons Laffite is located on the edge of Saint Germain forest in the Yvelines department.  Designed by François Mansart in the 17th century, the château, once a royal residence used after hunting, offers a beautiful example of French Baroque Architecture. The symmetry, majesty and harmonious form of the castle make it one of the landmarks of French treasures. It is said to have inspired both Vaux le Vicomte and  Versailles.


Maisons-Laffitte is also known for its horse racing track, the Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse, hence the name of the city known as "City of the horse”.


We will discover the grand appartments with the beautiful Grande Galerie, the King’s bedroom, the Mirror cabinet and the grand staircase.


About the Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a Foundation for promoting Contemporary Art, before getting back to Art History studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.

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