Friday, May 26, 2006

'Da Vinci Code' chateau has tangled past

VILLETTE, France - Chateau de Villette, the sumptuous home of Sir Leigh Teabing, the sinfully wealthy character from "The Da Vinci Code," is not just a figment of author Dan Brown's imagination but a real-life chateau with a past as fascinating as its star-struck present. Set on a sprawling, 185-acre estate northwest of Paris, the 17th century chateau was once home to the noble French Marshal Emmanuel de Grouchy, who went into exile in Philadelphia after Napoleon's army lost the Battle of Waterloo. [More]


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