CHATEAU DE MENARS, France: is situated on the bank of the Loire. Menars was acquired by Mme de Pompadour, who paid almost 1,000,000 livres in installments and "sold some pearl bracelets to meet the first payment". With the death of the marquise de Pompadour in 1764, the château passed to her brother, Abel-François Poisson de Vandières. Some new work was then realized under the direction of architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot.
Palace Pompadour The exterior of Chateau de Menars, which is referred to as Palace Pompadour by its philanthropic owner, Edmond Baysari. The regal retreat was once owned by Madame de Pompadour, a prolific patroness of the arts and the chief mistress of France's King Louis XV, during the 18th century. It is the only 100% privately held royal chateau in France's Loire Valley.