Photographer's Note

As early as 1653 and in 1654 the first water supply works in the garden were conducted on the site. At the time no democratic thinking existed, as we know well today, it was therefore possible for Fouquet to carry out all he wished on his estate as long as the financial supply allowed him. Where there is a vast château garden laid out today there used to be three villages in existence prior to the beginning of this work. However it is very interesting to note that those villages were reduced to the ground in order to make space needed to layout the plan of the garden according to the master plan conceived by Le Nôtre. The villages with their churches, their houses, their mills, and their vineyards, even their cemeteries were all razed to the ground and the population of the villages were displaced elsewhere. The beauty of the garden, and the splendour of its layout stand on a great sacrifice. Fouquet was not a man of noble origin. However, having achieved the position of the Finance Minister of the King, his pride was already exceeding the intelligence of his own personality. This decision made over the construction of the garden alone somehow already foreshadowed the course of his future career.

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