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Front of the chapel.

The famous Villa Algerian, now defunct, was built by the 'inventor' of Cap Ferret: Leon Lesca. Contractor Algeria (he built the port of Algiers), returned to France under the Second Empire he bought for a pittance a huge area stretching from Claouey Cape Ferret. Real pasha of Cap Ferret, he tried the grape growing (hence the name of the port of La Vigne), exploited the forest, dug fish tanks Piraillan, imported and acclimatized mimosa, built the pier Bélisaire , a school, houses for fishermen, created the Train ...

In 1865, he built the grass amidst a garden of 25 hectares a surprising Moorish palace, the 'Villa Algeria where he lived until his death in 1913, the Villa Unfortunately, neglected by his descendants, was sold and then destroyed by a developer in 1965 on the waterfront, only the Chapel of Grass reflects the splendor of Leon Lesca.

http://www.lecapferret.net/2006/03/culture/capferretdhier/la_villa_algrie/

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