Below is an interactive map of the Desert de Retz as it existed in 1785. The map was drawn from a sketch by Monsieur de Monville himself.
To view photographs of nine of the extant structures at the Desert de Retz, point the mouse at the black shapes on the map.
Some of these shapes are hot spots. Click on these hot spots to see photographs of Monsieur de Monville's Column House, the Gothic Church, the Pyramid Icehouse, the Temple of Pan, the Foret de Marly Gate, the Tartar Tent, the Open-Air Theater and the Little Altar.
There's also a hot spot at the approximate location of the Temple of Repose--it was not yet built when Monsieur de Monville drafted his map in 1785. See if you can find it!
If you are using Internet Explorer, as soon as the cursor arrow finds a hot spot and hovers over it, a small rectangular box identifying the structure will open on the screen. Website designers call these boxes "alt attributes." Unfortunately, this feature is not enabled in Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
For your convenience, the photographs will open in a separate browser window.
Grateful thanks to Dominique Césari for his generosity in providing the reproduction of Monsieur de Monville's map.