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Daemon
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The Château

Though the French word château is translated into English as "castle," there are certain nuances that differentiate it from its English counterpart. For example, stately residences both fortified and unfortified may be châteaus, but only if they are in the countryside. Thus, the Louvre was once a château but lost the designation once urban sprawl made it a part of Paris, whereas opulent—yet rural—Versailles Palace is considered a château. What term is used for equivalent urban structures? More...
Guto André
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The urban counterpart of château is palais, which in French is applied only to grand houses in a city. This usage is again different from that of the term "palace" in English, where there is no requirement that a palace must be in a city, but the word is rarely used for buildings other than the grandest royal residences. The expression hôtel particulier is used for an urban "private house" of a grand sort.

Christine
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https://www.google.com/search?q=The+Ch%C3%A2teau&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=PRf-UpbnEIn7yAHWvIHoBg&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAw&biw=1024&bih=605#q=+Ch%C3%A2teau&tbm=isch

wonderful pictures on this!
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I read the article and looked at the various chateaus and all I could think about is how the populations that built those obscene houses were virtual slaves who benefited little from their labor. the lords literally took over the commons making them their own and destroying a way of life that would not have war as their chief objection. Why should we look on the thief and enslavement policies of the 1% as a virtue and see their chateaux as worthy of praise? Any thoughts?
Gustavo de S Consoni
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Another interesting place is the château d’If lying just off the Marseille coast, a fortress built by François I and made famous by Alexandre Dumas’ novel, The Count of Monte Cristo. You wiill be captivated by the legends of the place and the outstanding views of Marseille.
Christine
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 10:36:58 AM
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Marguerite wrote:
I read the article and looked at the various chateaus and all I could think about is how the populations that built those obscene houses were virtual slaves who benefited little from their labor. the lords literally took over the commons making them their own and destroying a way of life that would not have war as their chief objection. Why should we look on the thief and enslavement policies of the 1% as a virtue and see their chateaux as worthy of praise? Any thoughts?


"A château is supported by its terres (lands), composing a demesne that renders the society of the château largely self-sufficient"

slaves? Workers got work.

Please stated your referrals.

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Beautiful photos in this article.
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