Castle Vaux le Vicomte

Since France is a country of castles and palaces, we offer you a short article about one of more remarkable castles, located near Paris. So, its name is Chateau Vaux le Vicomte. This beautiful architectural structure, surrounded by forests, is located at a distance of forty-six kilometers from the French capital.

The Vaux le Vicomte Castle was built in the middle of the seventeenth century especially for Mr. Nicolas Fouquet, who was the minister of finance at the court of the French monarch Louis XIV.

The authors of the palace became the famous in those days architect Louis Le Vau, designer of landscapes – Andre Le Notre, and decorator Charles Le Brun. Joined efforts these talented people have created a magnificent palace, which appearance and interior like a royal apartments. It is noteworthy that after seeing this palace, the king ordered to build one more luxury for himself – Versailles.

Over the years the castle changed many owners, among them were such famous persons like Marshal Villars and Duke of Choiseul-Praslin. There was a time when the palace was in total disrepair, and its famous gardens had completely lost its shape. However, the wealthy industrialist Alfred Sommier bought the manor and made a lot to restore this magnificent heritage. He fully restored gardens and put in order interior of the castle, almost entirely repeating its original look.

Today the Castle of Vaux le Vicomte is a very popular place among foreign tourists as well as among French residents, who come here to admire the delightful gardens and interior decoration of the palace.

Get to the castle you can by train from Gare de Lyon in Paris in direction of Melun. From the station to the castle (distance 7 km) you can get a regular bus.