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CHÂTEAU DE FÉNELON

Date: 3rd November 2014

Château de Fénelon

This chateau was very close to where I was staying and proved to be a very interesting visit. Obviously it has been much refurbished but it had many interesting features which are absent in most Chateaux. Inadvertently I picked up the French brochure so I cannot be as explicit as I’d like to be. However, just looking up Fénelon on the internet, I’m going to take the lazy but by far the better way out.

I knew that the famous writer François de Salignanc de la Mothe Fénelon was born there but when I looked him up I was even more agog. I’d not realised what a centre of the Huguenot breakaway was this region and at one stage François was sent in to teach the Protestants the error of their ways.

Sorry to take the easy way out and I could copy and paste but it would be much better for you to Google François Fénelon - there’s absolutely reams of fascinating information about him and his family.

On a more practical level, it was fascinating to see items like a ‘footbath’ of relatively large dimensions in which the horses feet and legs were washed and exercised - this lay between the outer and inner walls of the chateau.

There was an enormous Cedar of Lebanon - planted on 6th August 1651 - the birthday of Fénelon which is now 60 metres high. Despite its age it is regarded as ‘young’ alongside the Cedars of Lebanon which are able to live 2000 years.

 

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