Château de la Ferté-Vidame
Location: Ferté-Vidame , in the Eure-et-Loir departement of France (Centre Region).
Built: 16th century.
Ownership / Access: Owned by the department.
ISMH Reference Number: PA00097106.
Notes: Château de la Ferté-Vidame of La Ferte-Vidame is a fourteenth-century castle rebuilt in the eighteenth century and destroyed during the French Revolution, on the eponymous commune in the Eure-et-Loir and the region Centre-Val de Loire. It remains an impressive ruin and common ( "little castle"). The castle is the subject of a classification as historical monuments since February 24, 1976 for buildings (castle ruins, facades and roofs common, the main gate of the castle), and a ranking February 26, 1991 for its park and pavilions. It is also registered on 26 September 2007 for the part called "the little castle"A castle is attested in La Ferte-Vidame from 985. In 1374, the estate was acquired by the Vendôme family who rebuilt the castle. This family holds the prestigious title of Viscount de Chartres. This castle, which acquired May 19, 1635 by Claude de Rouvroy, Duke of Saint-Simon, a favorite of Louis XIII. His son, the famous diarist, Louis de Rouvroy, lodged in this castle that has retained its fortress medieval stationed eight great towers, known by gouaches of Louis Nicolas van Blarenberghe painted around 1750, preserved in museum in Boston. There he wrote most of his famous memoirs. Around 1718-1719, he built the stable block (current "little castle").
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