Not too far away - a different world. This is the Chateau of Pierrefonds, rebuilt by Vilolet le Duc for Napoleon III between 1857 and 1885 as a fairytail castle - a fantastic place, full of architectural games and vistas, well worth the visit.
South east in France is the town of Compiegne. This also has a very fine Gothic town hall. This was built in the seventeenth century with nineteenth century extensions to each side. It is the centrepiece of the town square and in the centre of its facade is a statue of King Louis XIII on horseback. Opposite this building is a statue of Joan of Arc who was captured in the city.
Marks of Time
Sketches of buildings in the North West and further afield with a little information about their history.