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This French castle - a favourite with Rihanna - is on sale for €5 million

It was the set for a Rihanna music video.

STEP BACK IN time with this 16th century French chateau just listed for $5.7 million.

Constructed in 1504 for a French cardinal in the commune of Vigny, the castle is just 30 miles from Paris.

The castle was listed as a historical monument in 1984. It was also the setting for Rihanna’s music video for “Te Amo.” How’s that for a pedigree?


The spectacular Le Château de Vigny is a real château, or french manor house. It was built way back in 1507 for French cardinal Georges d’Amboise in the commune of Vigny, a scant 30 miles north of Paris.


Designed by architect Charles Cazot in the neo-Gothic style, it includes an insane amount of medieval detail.


A moat-turned-water feature surrounds the main structure, but there’s no drawbridge here — two bridges allow visitors access.


Six turrets surround the home’s 37,000 square feet.


The castle wasn’t always this gorgeous. In the ensuing two centuries it fell into disrepair, before being completely renovated in 1867. At that time it also received a chapel and a “dungeon square”.


As you approach the interior, a bright purple iron door welcomes you.


The inside is as luxurious as you would expect a 16th-century manor house to be. An original carved fireplace features a medieval crest.


Nothing added to the home over the centuries looks out of place or anachronistic. At the same time, the home is appropriately luxurious with beautiful chandeliers and exquisite wooden detailing.


Exquisitely carved beams line nearly every ceiling of the house.


The original stonework paired with exquisite chandeliers and rich tapestries combine to create a hallway that is a treat to walk through.


Oh and don’t worry — there’s electricity among most other modern 21st century conveniences.


Two outbuilding sit on the castle’s 44 acres of land. They’re completely renovated and include a professional kitchen as well as pastry and baking “laboratories”.


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