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Les Milandes Castle

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Description: XVth castle - XIXth. Surrounded with formal gardens, this Renaissance castle is constituted by asymmetric lodging
houses decorated with sculptured gates and windows , as well as of turrets in corbelled construction putted on by
pepperpots. We can admire decorated with mouldings machicolations, terraces decorated with richly worked
balusters , attic windows there pediments of which with pinnacles register complex blazons.

Widely reshaped in the XIXth, we consider it today as a miracle of neogothic architecture style. Remained intact,
we can admire the flamboyant Gothic style castrale chapel, one of the most beautiful of Perigord.

in 1489 , pushed by his authoritarian wife, François de Caumont left the military decoration of Castelnaud to build
a luxurious Renaissance castle answering the new Italian style. The castrale chapel was transformed into Protestant
temple when Caumont was converted to the Calvinism.

Acquired by 1870 by Mister Claverie, a rich manufacturer
strongly inspired by the neogothic architectural movement of Viollet-le-Duc, the castle took its current aspect.

In 1938, Josephine Baker discovers the castle which she buys in 1947. In the 1950s, she creates her "village of the world" there, a place to live for the children of several countries which she had adopted.

This experience came to an end in 1969. The maintenance of the castle exceeding its livehood, she is chased away.
To buy it back, she decides to come back on stage, at 70 years. In 1975, she will give 17 representations in Bobino
theatre but she dies in the afternoon of the 18th, during her nap.

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