Photographer's Note

Now lined by a highway (a future high-speed train line will also go near) and surrounded by the suburbs of Montpellier, The Mogre castle is a fine exemple of the "folies", pleasure houses of the gentry of the city on the XVIIIth century.

Since the end of the XVIIth, the gown nobility and the financial and trading gentry wanted to show their social success and power, by the building of residences on the countryside next to the Languedoc capital.
Then, the castles of Flaugergues (1696) , the Mogre (1715), the Mosson (1723), the O (1743), the Engarran (1750, Lavrune), the Bocaud (1760, Jacou) or also the Piscine (1771) sprang up.

on a first time, they were built in an italian style, and on the midle of the XVIIIe a classical style was passed.
Architects families, like the Giral (here) have bult most of the "folies".

At the Mogre, as for the others, the gardens are important.
In front of the faade of the building, a french garden was drawn up, around a water mirror.
Separated by a little forest to it, there was an english garden. It's dominated by a rich water buffet, fed by a little aqueduc.

The house has only one floor (the bedrooms) ; the first floor is for the decorated drawing rooms, where fests were given.

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  • Copyright: Yannis Bautrait (yaya13baut) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 537 W: 0 N: 546] (3344)
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  • Date Taken: 2011-01-02
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  • Camera: Panasonic FX35
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