Castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte
Architecture and landscape art meet in harmony on the Vaux-le-Vicomte estate. 1 hour from Paris, discover the majesty of a castle and garden typical of the 17th century.
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A harmony of architecture and gardens
The Vaux-le-Vicomte estate is a masterpiece. The architecture of Louis Le Vau, the decorations and paintings of Le Brun, the gardens of Le Nôtre form a remarkable harmony, renowned throughout the world.
The castle was the home of Nicolas Fouquet, Superintendent of Finances of King Louis XIV. He called on the greatest artists of the time to build a jewel: the same ones had built the Château de Vincennes, and the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte will serve as a model for the Château de Versailles. The central body is surmounted by a dome, housing a rotunda lounge, an originality inspired by Italian architecture. The vast square vestibule offers a beautiful perspective on the gardens.
The Vaux-le-Vicomte park is distinguished by its controlled perspective and in harmony with the castle. The original design was modified on an order from Nicolas Fouquet to André Le Notre. The 40 ha of nature are punctuated by hydraulic systems that match basins and water games. The effects of optics are disturbing in truth.