The Racine de Monville Home Page
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The Désert de Retz
An Extraordinary 18th Century Garden in Chambourcy, near Paris
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What's happening at the Désert de Retz?
rare pictures of the Désert de Retz taken in April 1938 by photographer and historian Raymond Lécuyer.
On the occasion of the annual
European Heritage Days on September 15 and 16, 2012, a total of 1,544 persons visited the Désert de Retz.
thirteen photographs of the Desert de Retz taken by Ronald W. Kenyon on July 5, 2012, depicting each of the extant structures.
This rare, color post card depicts
Monsieur de Monville's Column House in 1905.
Learn about Valcour Aimé's
, a picturesque garden in St. James Parish, Louisiana. Petit Versailles
Take a look at a website curated by Ronald W. Kenyon and consisting of news articles about French Gardens entitled
Gardens in France from the Middle Ages to the Present.
Go for a short
guided tour of the Désert de Retz. Your tour guides? Dr. Pierre Morange, Mayor of Chambourcy, and Francois Racine de Monville himself!
Was Monsieur de Monville a Freemason?
View Mexican artist Lirio Garduño-Buono's paintings,
, both inspired by the Désert de Retz.
The Chinese House and Pina Bausch inside the Broken Column
Les Folies de Retz, a one-minute forty-nine second slide show of the Desert de Retz--past and present.
The Désert de Retz makes the front cover of France's mass-circulation weekly
The Désert de Retz was the inspiration for New York-based painter Carol Markel's painting
. Folly Wedding
At least two
surrealist paintings by French artist and film-maker Jean Barral were inspired by the Désert de Retz. A twenty-first century Désert de Retz? In England? Learn more about
The Désert de Retz is above ground, but underground is the strange and mysterious
Aqueduc de Retz.
On connaît le Désert de Retz. Mais connaissez-vous
l'Aqueduc de Retz, insolite et souterrain.
video of the Désert de Retz from the archives of the Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA).
Monsieur de Monville's Column House selected as one of the world's
Top 7 Weirdest Houses!
An English Monville? Learn more about John "Mad Jack" Fuller and his follies.
Read an exclusive, first-hand account of a
visit to the Désert de Retz in 1952.
Enoch Robinson, an American Monville?
Did Monsieur de Monville's Column House portend the French Revolution?
Latest update April 7, 2013.
Dernière mise à jour le 7er avril 2013. 18 Germinal CCXXI
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