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Château de Pierrefonds~

Château de Pierrefonds~

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Published by Suzanne de Cornelia
The 14th c castle that portrayed 'Camelot' in the US Merlin series...is one hour north of Paris on the edge of a mythical Paris and overlooked as one of the most fascinating castles in France...
The 14th c castle that portrayed 'Camelot' in the US Merlin series...is one hour north of Paris on the edge of a mythical Paris and overlooked as one of the most fascinating castles in France...

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Published by: Suzanne de Cornelia on Feb 15, 2013
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One hour north from glittery Paris, and sprouted from that magic fount of France that graced

the world with the original myths of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and the Arthurian tales; is Château de Pierrefonds, a 15th century real-life fairytale castle. Rebuilt in the 19th century as an imperial residence for Napoleon III--the castle is richly ornamented with defenses that include a drawbridge--and depicted Camelot in the Merlin TV film series. While the actual Merlin Forest and seat of the Arthurian Legends is a five hour southwest drive away in rugged Brittany on the wild Atlantic coast of France.

Château de Pierrefonds is a stellar representative of a nation that excels in materializing spelling-binding castles in the air. Melding Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles at the edge of the mystical Compiègne Forest. The fortified compound housed a thousand soldiers and as a stronghold withstood even the 100-Years War--with massive stocks of supplies, weapons and a natural stream running beneath it for an uninterrupted water supply. In 1617, King Louis XIII, believing that powerful local lords threatened his rule, ordered the castle dismantled. In 1819, Napoleon III began a 25-year rebuilding project~that ultimately~as all things do today~led to the official modern-day castle website where all resides happily ever after. For the unforgettable 'Camelot lives on' scene from the 1960s film and a short video of the castle: http://www.frenchheart.com

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