Photographer's Note

The Church of Notre Dame in the town of Richelieu still looks much as did when it was built in the first part of the 17th century. In typical Counter-Reformation style it was built around 1635 by Pierre Lemercier based on designs produced by his brother Jacques..

Some information from Wikipedea:

Richelieu is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. It lies south of Chinon and west of Sainte-Maure de Touraine and is surrounded by mostly agricultural land. Its inhabitants are called Richelais, and Richelaises. Because of its design as the "ideal city" of the seventeenth century, the town is the subject of various protective measures as regards its architecture.

The town was built on the instructions of Cardinal Richelieu adjacent to an existing château (now destroyed), which belonged to the Cardinal's family.

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