Nicolas Fouquet (1615-1680) who ordered the construction of Vaux-le-Vicomte was descended from a line of parliamentarians, that rich and enterprising body of men, upon whom the crown came increasingly to depend and whose services were rewarded with appointments to high office. Fouquet's own father, François Fouquet, had been a trusted advisor to Cardinal Richelieu on maritime and commercial affairs.
There are two elements of major significance that contribute to Vaux le Vicomte's lasting fame.
Vaux was the tragic setting for the downfall of Fouquet, a faithful minister who paid the price of life imprisonment, because of an embezzlement he did not commit, because of the jealousy of others and also because he went a little too far in bestowing lavish hospitality.
For a period of ten years under Fouquet's protection, Vaux was also a haven for leading French artists. Writers, poets, painters and sculptors gave the best of their talents to the glory of Vaux.
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Spend a magical evening at the famous chateaux of Vaux le Vicomte near Paris...
Duration: 7 hrs - 6:00 pm every Saturday from May 4th to October 14th except September 9th.
Carriage museum Dinner Candlelit visit of the Château and gardens
160€ pp Secure On Line Booking
Head south of Paris for an exceptional evening at Vaux-le-Vicomte!
The Château, a masterpiece of the 17th century that
was to inspire Louis XIV in his creation of Versailles,
welcomes you. The evening begins with a visit of the carriage
museum retracing horse-drawn transport from Roman chariots
to the beginning of the 20th century. Enjoy dinner in the
LEcureuil restaurant in the converted
stable block. At sunset, visit the Château (audio-guide
supplied) and gardens which are lit by 2000 candles. Classical
music played in the garden to bring a special touch to an
Entrance tickets included and Hotel Pick Up