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The castle of Napoule: photo, description Chateau de la Napoule)

The castle of Napoule in Mandelieu-La-Napoule (Alpes-Maritimes Department) and, as can be seen from the name of the town, was its "gradoobrazujushchee" construction. In X century the castle of Napoule was a Saracen fortress, crudely folded and from the point of view of the architecture is unassuming. The oldest part of the castle is one of its towers is Romanesque, which dates from the fourth century.

In the middle of the XIV century the fortress was rebuilt and since then, with full right could be called a castle. Then the castle was the property of count de Villeneuve and belonged to this family until the French revolution. In its history the castle has survived several wars and several invasions, and even one glass factory, which was opened within its walls after the revolution, but now his life is pretty cool and culturally.

Currently the castle is located Napoule art Foundation, Henry Cluses and opened a permanent exhibition of his works. In addition, the Museum hosts temporary exhibitions of other authors, tours, are artists ' studios.

Henry Cluses and his wife Mary were the owners of the castle in 1918. They undertook restoration of the structure, and through the efforts of Mary around the castle was a garden, where you can see the statue, created by Cluses (he was an artist and a sculptor).

Not only the history of the castle but also the history of the spouses Cluses was filled with memorable moments, lots of love and defiance rich parents. So, Mary Cluses before meeting Henry was a rising Opera star, but left the scene for a spouse. And Henry became an artist against the will of the father, the financier. Mary and Henry moved from America to France to acquired the castle to live not just happily ever after, but also to create a special world. Before the Second world war Henry died, and Mary with the arrival of the Germans were accused of spying. She was able to go to nice and the castle is a fascist garrison. After the war, Mary gave the castle to the state, but remained in it, was engaged in its restoration and founded the art Fund Henry Clusaz.