Tour Vaux le Vicomte

 

Tour Vaux le Vicomte: Discover the history of this castle, from plots against the royal court to the outstanding achievements of the 17th century artists.

The Vaux-le-Vicomte estate forms a unique whole that spans nearly 500 hectares. The Château was built for Nicolas Fouquet, the ambitious viscount of Vaux under young King Louis XIV. It was the first large-scale project that architect Louis Le Vau; landscape architect, André Le Nôtre; and the painter-decorator, Charles Le Brun, worked together on. Le Vau broke the rigid principles of home design that had prevailed until then, as simple structures. Instead of placing the rooms on top of each other, he placed them next to each other, doubling the building’s thickness and leading to other changes. As for the entire park, it is 1 235 acres enclosed by an 8 miles perimeter wall.Every Saturday evening from May to October, Vaux-le-Vicomte can be visited under the glow of 2,000 lit candles within the castle and its gardens, a very romantic visit. The fountains show takes place every second and last Saturday of each month from March to October.

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