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Château de la Napoule

Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Alpes-Martimes

Built in the 14th Century by the Countess de Villeneuve, after th ravages of various wars by the early 1900s only two towers remained from the original fortress. In 1918, its ruins were purchased by Henry Clews Jr., an independently wealthy American painter and sculptor who lived here with his equally wealthy second wife, Marie, ex-wife of Robert Wilson Goelet. They restored, extended and rebuilt their beloved chateau in their own unique style. They also created the gardens as seen day - named as among the most notable gardens in France. Clews was a talented artist who filled his home with his work. In 1951, Marie established the "La Napoule Art Foundation" continued by their descendants today as an art charity and cultural center.