Today, for Thursday Doors I thought we would visit some little villages in France!
To discover remarkable architecture some times you must get way off the beaten track…. trekking to the village of La Rochepot, France (population less than 200) ……….definitely my kind of place……the smaller the better…. we came here in 2006, to see the fortress/chateau.
Château de La Rochepot is a rocky peak fortress, built by Regnier Pot in the 15th century. Pot was a crusader, Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece, master of the court of Phillip II the Bold, Duke of Burgundy. In later years the castle was passed to the Montmorency family and Cardinal Retz.
After the French Revolution, the castle was re-named the Château de la Roche Fidèle (Castle of the Faithful Mountain) It was declared national property and the new owner demolished many parts of the castle. He sold it off, stone by stone………It could have fallen into complete demise, but in 1893, Madame Carnot, the wife of Sadi Carnot, the President of France (1887-1894) bought the ruins and offered it as a gift to her son, Colonel Sadi Carnot. He restored it according to the original style of the 15th century!
It took more than 25 years to realize his ambitious goal. The reconstruction was based on data from archives, and archaeological excavations in order to comply to full historical authenticity………600 hundred people from near and far were involved with the construction work. Death came to the vineyards from the epidemic of phylloxera, however the Château became world famous due to its uniqueness, elegance and history!
I will just show the outside photos today, but the inside was fabulous as well! The shiny tiles on that roof are painted in a special paint to make them look like copper!
Sadly………. A further note: Château de la Rochepot went up for sale by the Carnot family in 2015…..much to the dismay of the villagers, who all played a part in either the ancestry or work at the Chateau. It was hoped to be sold to a family that would maintain the historical background and elegance…..It was listed as perfect for a winery, as it is along the French Wine Trail………although it is not on the main roads of that Trail……nor is there a vineyard there now…. One must be wanting to find this place and get off the main roads and explore!
A further update about the Château de la Rochepot……….it was sold in 2018 for 3 million euro to a family from the Ukraine or Lithuania…..they did not want their nationality identified. They intend to live there part of the year and keep it open as a historical monument, as it has been …..that is all the info I could update you with….my research also finds that 75% of French castles and prestigious residences (and probably this is true in other countries as well) are bought by wealthy foreigners…..
Further research reveals; the Château de la Rochepot was closed in 2020, due to a judicial investigation! Oh my goodness, I wonder what that was about?
Movin’ on to another village……
I hope you have enjoyed my Doors today!
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