Château de la Chaize
Location: Odenas, in the Rhône departement of France (Rhone-Alpes Region).
Built: 17th century.
Condition: In good condition.
Ownership / Access: Privately owned.
ISMH Reference Number: PA00118008.
Notes: Château de la Chaize is nestled in the Beaujolais country, specifically in the Brouilly. This is the largest castles in the region. The building, built on plans of Mansart, and the garden, designed by Le Nôtre, are located on the slopes of the Beaujolais hills, in the town of Odenas (69), between Villefranche-sur-Saône and Mâcon , 40 km north of Lyon. Built in 1676, it remained in the same family, the owner of Marquise de Roussy de Sales is a direct descendant of François de La Chaize of Aix, brother of Father La Chaize, confessor of Louis XIV.François de La Chaize of Aix, from the current Loire, was appointed king's lieutenant in Beaujeu. At the time, this region was part of the Kingdom of France, while the Burgundy enjoyed a special independence. Beaujolais located near Burgundy, a regiment stationed in the region. In 1652 he purchased the Castle of the Twelve, medieval castle, which was located at the present site of La Chaize. In 1665, a storm caused a landslide which collapsed the castle, killing the two son of François de La Chaize. It will then ask Mansart and Le Nôtre, with the support of his brother at the court of Versailles, to reconstruct a larger castle, more majestic and more solid. Thus Mansart designed a series of four walls to hold the hill and so the castle.
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