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Chateau of Vincennes

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Bercy / Nation
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Address: Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes, France
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+33 1 43 28 15 48
10:00 - 17:00
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The Chateau de Vincennes was used as royal residence from the 12th to 18th...

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

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Tallest Donjon in Europe

The ‘Château de Vincennes’ is a beautiful half medieval, half Renaissance castle and considered to be the most extensive French royal castle still in existence in France... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Since we stayed in Vincennes,We passed he chateau everyday on our way to the metro to go to Paris. On day one we visited the chateau. It is the only medieval castle that housed a king still standing in France. The scale is amazing. We spent about 2 1/2 hours here and while the rooms are mostly all empty the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My visit to the château de Vincennes was pleasant but not fascinating. It's one of the places that I'm glad to have seen but won't go back to by choice. Nothing extraordinary has stayed in my mind. If you are in the area and have a couple of hours free, then go. I wouldn't suggest going to Vincennes just to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an imposing site,dominated by the medieval fortress and its dungeon. There is also an adjacent gothic chapel now under restoration. Many outbuildings appear to also need restoration and are now closed. The temporary exhibition gallery is closed on Sundays . Inside the fortress are some souvenirs of King Charles V. This Chateau clearly has great historical appeal but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ‘Château de Vincennes’ is a beautiful half medieval, half Renaissance castle and considered to be the most extensive French royal castle still in existence in France. Apparently it is the only existing medieval royal residence in France with its still intact donjon and inner fortifications. The castle and the saint chapel is beautiful like portraits. The gorgeous Sainte-Chapelle (holy... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

The Chateau of Vincennes is actually a fortress, now in Paris, but formerly outside of Paris. Close to metro and the floral park of Paris (Parc Floral de Paris) in the 12th arrondissement, the Chateau is easy to fit into a morning visit or included in a visit to the Parc. One walks across the drawbridge acess to go through... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

To me it seems amazing to be able to visit a medieval castle by taking the metro. Take line number 1 to the end and when you come out it's right there. You don't have to walk for miles. There's not a lot of stuff in there, but I found it really interesting because I like history. Definitely worth visiting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

The castle is a stone structure with a moot (dry) which makes you really feel like you are going back into the 12th century. Besides stone there are these giant wooden doors through out the castle which look a project in themselves to hang. The property is a compound with several structures and a cathedral in the compound is currently... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

I loved the mix of old and new. I think is important to invite the new in and put it in good light while respecting and protecting what is valuable from the past. The castle is well maintained and keeps his historic value and the modern exhibition gave a feeling of life and purpose.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

It is included in the Paris Card, and it is worth a visit. Interesting facts about the life at that times and information regarding living at that times. I would recommend it base on what can be learned from this visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Visited very quickly this castle, it is very nice but unfortunately is under numerous renovations; there is no charge to get inside the grounds, but if you want to go inside the castle or church witch was open you have to pay, it nice for a quick look.

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Nestled between the Seine, Bastille, and Père Lachaise lies a peaceful side of town where wide avenues and impressive buildings accompany green spaces and small parks. Landscaped havens are plentiful, from the Bercy Park to La Coulée Verte and most impressively the Bois de Vincennes, which even contains a medieval castle on its doorstep. For an escape from the masses head to this calming neighbourhood where real Parisians make their homes.
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