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château

(Encyclopedia) château shătō´, Fr. shätō´ [key], royal or seignioral residence and stronghold of medieval France—the counterpart of the English castle of the period. In such a…

Château d'If

(Encyclopedia) Château d'If shätō˝dēf´ [key], castle built in 1524 on the small rocky isle of If, in the Mediterranean Sea off Marseilles, SE France. Long used as a state prison,…

Château-Thierry

(Encyclopedia) Château-Thierry shätō´-tyĕrē´ [key], town (1990 pop. 15,830), Aisne dept., N France, on the Marne River. The town was the focal point of the second battle of the Marne (…

Médoc

(Encyclopedia) Médoc mādôk´ [key], region, SW France, a peninsula extending NW of Bordeaux between the Bay of Biscay and the Gironde River estuary. The region is covered with some of…

Chenonceaux

(Encyclopedia) Chenonceaux shənôNsō´ [key], village, Indre-et-Loire dept., W central France, in Touraine, on the Cher River. It is famous for its château (built 1515–22), the residence…

Chinon

(Encyclopedia) Chinon shēnôN´ [key], town (1993 est. pop. 8,961), Indre-et-Loire dept., W central France, in Touraine, on the Vienne River. Chinon was an important medieval town and…

Coppet

(Encyclopedia) Coppet kôpā´ [key], village, Vaud canton, SW Switzerland, on the Lake of Geneva. It is noted for its château, once the residence of Jacques Necker and his daughter, Mme…

Saint-Germain-en-Laye

(Encyclopedia) Saint-Germain-en-Laye săN-zhĕrmăN´-äN-lā [key], town (1990 pop. 41,710), Yvelines dept., N central France, on the Seine River, a residential suburb W of Paris. It is the…

Chambord

(Encyclopedia) Chambord, château, park, and village (1993 est. pop. 200), all owned by the state, in Loir-et-Cher dept., N central France. The huge Renaissance château, built by Francis…