Photographer's Note

If you walk in Nice, you'll probably notice some extravagant buildings erected on the Riviera.

This is from the mid-19th century that appeared the castles of fanciful exotic styles. An example: the Englishman's pink castle located on the Mont-Boron.

Robert Smith, officer of the English engineering in India, had built it in 1856 on land of 22000 m2 going down to the sea, with many follies (small buildings, often romantic character to the various and sometimes extravagant shapes).

The castle is quickly many often contradictory comments: in 1861, Emile Négrin evokes "a something, classical architects nightmare"; in 1877, Mayrargue speaks of "a magnificent villa where all the imagination can dream of most extraordinary there has been assembled with an exquisite art"; and Stephen Liegeard judges as "a building that is not a castle or a Palace, or a tower or a bastion or a villa or one wedding cake, or one Savoy cake, or anything that has a name in any language".
From 1875, the property is purchased by the Wezele Gurowsky family, and then sold to various real estate companies who divide up in several subdivisions. After the Second World War, the castle is transformed into co-ownership.

The Castle and the old music hall Rotunda are kept and classified historical monuments titles on 20 June 2000.

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