Chateau Gaillard

King Richard I of England, aka Richard the Lionheart, and feudal Duke of Normandy, built this fortress in 1196. Sitting on a limestone cliff overlooking the Seine, it overlooks the small town of Les Andelys.

A large sum of money was spent by King Richard to complete the chateau’s construction in two years. The urgency was prompted by the advance of the French army led by King Phillip Augustus attempting to retake Rouen, a major city at the time.

Back then, building permits were much easier to obtain.

Thought for the Day: Only the dead have seen the end of war.
Plato (427 – 347 BC)

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