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Ch√Ęteau de Moulineaux

Moulineaux, near Rouen, France
Contributed by: Anonymous   |   12 Nov 2014

The Château de Moulineaux is a French feudal castle from the time of the Dukes of Normandy. It is also known as the Château de Robert le Diable. It is situated at Moulineaux, near Rouen, in the département of Seine-Maritime at the side of the A13 autoroute.

It takes its name from Robert the Devil who, according to some, was Robert de Montgommery, also known as Robert le Magnifique ('the magnificent'), Duke of Normandy and father of William the Conqueror. However, there is no evidence that this person was involved in the construction .

"There is a village of Moulineaux situted at the foot of a hill about ten miles from Rouen ... Froissar mentions the capture of a Castle of Molineux "The lord courcy and the lorde de Ryer", so runs the chronicle, "besieged Caretyne with great puissance, and at last they dyde so moche, that they had it by treatie, and so it was gyven up to the obeysance of the Frenche Kyng. Thus they had Caretyne, and put therein newe men of warre, and they departed and went to the Castell of Molineaux, and within three dayes they had it by treatie." Caretyne, or Carenton, is a town in Lower Normandy, situated upon the river Douve." Wesley L. Mullenneix, MxWorld Vol 1 No 1.

An alternative view states that the castle was owned and guarded by the de Moulins, later the Molyneux family who were loyalists of William the Conqueror, and it was rebuilt in 1378 by a descendant from William de Molineux, the Lord of Sefton, in Lancashire, one of the followers of William the Conqueror.

The castle was built during the 11th and 12th centuries. It stands on a hill which dominates the River Seine, the view extending over the whole Rouen region, making it a particularly strategic location.

It is known that the English King Richard I ('Lionheart') stayed here. His brother, King John ('Lackland') destroyed the castle during his struggle with the King of France Philip II Augustus. The latter rebuilt it. During the Hundred Years War, the people of Rouen destroyed the towers to prevent the castle being used by the English.

Half ruined, it is today furnished with various artefacts as well as reconstructed scenes of local history and life in the Middle Ages.

Source: Wikipedia


Fort d'Issy Les Moulineaux

92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux
Contributed by: US297 Christina Mollineaux Witcher   |   07 Dec 2014

The fort was constructed between 1840 and 1845. Today it is the hub of a modern "green" community development project.



Contributed by: US297 Christina Mollineaux Witcher   |   07 Dec 2014

Issy-les-Moulineaux, French pronunciation: [i.si le mu.li.no] is a commune in the southwestern suburban area of Paris, France, lying on the Seine's bank. It is one of Paris entrances and is located 6.6 km (4.1 mi) from Notre-Dame Church, which is considered Kilometre Zero of France. On 1 January 2003, Issy-les-Moulineaux became part of the Communauté d'agglomération Arc de Seine.

Originally, Issy-les-Moulineaux was simply called Issy. The name Issy comes from Medieval Latin Issiacum or Isciacum, perhaps meaning "estate of Isicius (or Iccius)", a Gallo-Roman landowner, although some think the name comes from a Celtic radical meaning "under the wood".

In 1893 Issy officially became Issy-les-Moulineaux. Les Moulineaux was the name of a hamlet on the territory of the commune, apparently named Les Moulineaux due to the windmills (French moulins) that stood there in ancient times.

The town was once the location of the Château d'Issy, home of the Princes of Conti.


Molyneux Studios

Paris, France
Contributed by: US329   |   15 Dec 2014

Juan Pablo Molyneux is an internationally acclaimed interior designer. A committed classicist, he creates spirited interiors that are rooted in history without being historical recreations. His work is bold, eclectic, witty…and unmistakably his own.

The United States and France are two countries close to Molyneux’s heart, and he maintains offices in both of them. He established the New York studio in the early 1980’s and the one in Paris in the late 1990’s.