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Chateau of Vincennes
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Owner description: The Chateau de Vincennes was used as royal residence from the 12th to 18th century and it has preserved its medieval towers, the Sainte-Chapelle and the 14th century keep which is the highest of its kind in Europe. In 1365, Charles V, King of France, transformed the family manor house at Vincennes into a more suitable royal dwelling and built the present keep to house his art collection and manuscripts. From the early 15th century to the 1800s, the keep was used as a prison, a symbol of absolute State power, which saw the imprisonment of famous figures such as Fouquet, the Marquis de Sade, and Mirabeau. After extensive restoration work, the Sainte-Chapelle at the Château de Vincennes has re-opened to the public and visitors can now fully admire its remarkable decorative ensemble. Started in 1379, and based on the model of the royal chapel in the Palais de la Cité in Paris, the Sainte-Chapelle at Vincennes realised the dreams of King Charles V to add a truly exceptional religious edifice to this impressive fortress. Open:> 1st April to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 6.15 p.m.> 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 8,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
Reviewed October 17, 2013

Lovely train ride and a pleasant walk to the chateau. Hardly a soul to be seen and able to wander around at leisure. Nice stone work and surrounding park was also a feature.

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Reviewed October 16, 2013

My Parisian friends recommended that we visit Chateau de Vincennes and boy am I glad they did. It was out of the way and the last stop on Metro line 1, a fact that I really liked. So, the Cheateau was just gorgeous and there was hardly anybody there. I think this is a hidden gem!
I loved that the metro ended here as we were able to get a seat and then we took the metro all the way to the other end, the last stop is La Defense and the Grande Arche. It makes a really nice day with a little old and a little new!
Oh, the ticket office is in the gift shop/book store on the grounds of the chateau.

Thank DianeRenee
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Visited the chateau on a rainy day! Bought our reduced student tickets at the ticket office and headed straight to the chateau. The place looked very medieval like and seemed different to a lot of other chateaus we have visited. There is lots of history and stories about the castle that are interesting and enlightening to hear. There are lots of winding stairs throughout the castle so would not recommend if climbing is not your strong point. We didn't have an audio guide but would definitely recommend one as it goes more in depth into the castles history rather then reading the few information boards inside the castle. We then visited the church across from the chateau which opened at 2pm and found it to be beautiful on the outside but not as exciting on the inside. To do The chateau and the church give yourself half a day!

Thank michaelharbor_x
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

We were staying in the area at a recommended hotel and thought we would visit here. Pleased that we did as we would not of thought to venture here if staying elsewhere. We particularly like the exhibition on the French Resistance - Londres ici. It brought it home to us how very brave they were and the contribution they made.

Thank davidwnorth
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Whether for love of history or just to get away from the crowds in Paris, the Chateau de Vincennes is a wonderful way to spend a morning or afternoon. Easily reached, it's right at the exit from the last (or first) stop on metro ligne 1 (follow the signs), which runs through the center of Paris between La Defense and Vincennes. As others have noted, only a few of the buildings in the compound are open to the public, but those that are are well worth a visit.

The medieval donjon, which is the tallest fortress in Europe, has only recently reopened after many years of restoration work. Mostly built in the 14th century, it was used as a royal palace by many of the Kings of France from the 13th to 17th centuries. Henry V, the English hero of Agincourt, died here in 1422. It was later used as a prison, housing, among others, the Marquis de Sade and Diderot. There are a lot of steps to climb (no elevators), but they are well lit and there are handrails. You can walk around part of the ramparts and climb one of the towers for fabulous views of the compound and beyond. After crossing a wooden footbridge, you go into the donjon itself. There is an orientation film in one of the first rooms and then you are free to wander among the various chambers on your own. They are unfurnished, so you will need to use your imagination to visualize the royal families living in them, but there are explanatory signs in many of the rooms indicating what the rooms were used for and by whom.

The Gothic Sainte-Chapelle de Vincennes, which also is in the compound directly across from the donjon, is included in the same 8.5 euro ticket for the donjon. The chapel was designed by the same architect who designed the one in Paris, and is especially lovely. It is light and airy (unfortunately, most of the original interior decoration and stained glass was destroyed during the Revolution) and there is huge monumental tomb of the Duke d'Enghien (who was executed by Napoleon in the moat in 1804) squashed into a tiny room near the altar. You can climb up to the organ loft to get a good overall view of the interior. There are cards located in the church that explain its history.

And, of course, one of the best things about the Chateau de Vincennes is that it is quiet and uncrowded. I was there on a weekday in early July and, even in the middle of the tourist season, the Chateau compound was quiet and uncrowded -- only a few other tourists and a group of small children were at the donjon when I was there.

After visiting the Chateau, you can make a lovely day of it in unspoiled Vincennes. If you walk out the gate and cross the street, you can walk up the Rue du Chateau for a few blocks and near the church is a lively open-air market with stalls selling flowers, meats, seafood, cheeses, baked good and just about everything else. There are several brasseries/cafes/restaurants with outdoor seating for a nice lunch. Afterwards, you can take a walk in the Bois de Vincennes, which has a zoo and the "Parc de Floral," a beautifully landscaped floral park. All in all, a great day away from the crowds easily reached via metro.

5  Thank Anonymous621
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