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Chateau de Maintenon

place Aristide Briand | Maintenon, 28130 Chartres, France
02-37-23-00-09
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Ranked #5 of 20 attractions in Chartres
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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New York
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67 reviews 67 reviews
48 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Visiting this small chateau requires that you park your car in the small municipal lot in front of the entrance. That requires a local parking card that can be purchased in the nearby shops. Instead of doing that, just go into the chateau entrance and ask for one. They will provide one free (return it when you leave). The chateau... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I enjoyed my visit to this chateau despite getting locked inside (I was the first visitor and they had forgotten to unlock the wooden exit doors so I was trapped between them and the automatic glass doors - luckily I was able to get back into the building and call for help from the balcony!) I had wanted to see... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

The castle is nice but small. The visit is not long and our children stayed interested. In the castle the portrait gallery is great. A family history of a thousand years and resemblance between family members that are great grand mothers. The garden is nice with a spectacular view to the aqueduct. Apparently 30000 men died trying to build it.... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We were looking for a nice day trip out of Paris and first found the Notre Dame cathedral in Chartres. When looking for other things to do near the cathedral, I came across this chateau not too far away and easy to get to from the train station. If you are taking the train, you will want to get off... More

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Austin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a really neat little Chateau with a grand history. It's humble beginnings belie the fact that it eventually was the home of Louis IV's second "secret" wife. It also has the ruins of an aquaduct meant to carry water to power all of Versailles fountains. It is definitely worth a stop and a stroll through the house and... More

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Coronado, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Well, I will start with Trip Advisor. The Chateau is in Maintenon and your saying it is Chartres, while perhaps technically correct in some respect, is confusing to those who know that it is in Maintenon and quite some distance from the Loire. That said, on to the review. We do not normally review "attractions" in Paris and its environs... More

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Central Coast, NSW, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

By far one of my most favourite places in France. We did a day trip by train and went to Chartres first, and then stopped at Maintenon to see the chateau on the way back. There is virtually no crowd. The gardens are perfect for that spring/summer picnic under the trees alongside the waterway at the Chateau, with the aqueduct... More

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

This chateau is not far from Chartres. It once belonged to the "secret" second wife of Louis XIV. It is easy to see why in his old age the Sun King tired of the hubbub of Versailles and came to this peaceful home as an occasional refuge. He also hatched a grandiose plan, not quite completed, to build Roman-style aqueducts... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

The host at our B&B in Chartres recommended we tour this Chateau. We arrived right when it opened on a Sunday morning and found free parking adjacent to the Chateau (Sunday parking is at no charge). This Chateau was the home of the Sun King's nanny (and mistress). The Chateau is small enough to tour in a morning or afternoon... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Maintenon is a beautiful, small castle in Chartres vincinity. Easy access by car (and by train too, if you don´t mind to walk a good 20 minutes), has a magnificent story. It was the home of the former nanny, mistress, than wife of King Louis XiV, "le Roi Soleil", the Sun King. Interesting woman, beautiful garden, lake, arches and a... More

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