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The 17th century château and gardens of Brécy, Normandy, France (I) - House and lower terrace

These gardens, situated in the Calvados country, belong to the rare examples of 17th century gardens having survived to this day. They are thought to have been designed by François Mansart, a French architect credited with introducing classicism into Baroque architecture of France. Four terraces rise from the parterre at the back of the house to the gate on the hill and to the sky. Each terrace harbours its own special garden. brécy combines elements of the Medieval walled garden, the Renaissance garden and the classical French garden in the spirit of Versailles. In the background the Sainte-Anne Church from the 14th century. Picture taken in May 2010.

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Taken on May 25, 2010