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Chateau of Vincennes

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Address: Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes, France
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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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Historical castle

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 December 2016
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Jerusalem, Israel
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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 13 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 10 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 28 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Don't understand some of the negative reviews recently. These structures are from periods between the 1300's and the 1700's - long before Versailles was the home of French royalty. Be sure to buy a ticket to go into Sainte Chapelle and the original palace of Charles V. Take time to read about the history of the place and the times,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This is a wonderful Chateau, but it is under renovation so there is not much worth seeing inside. Grounds are great.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

A guide book I had read recently claimed the Chateau de Vincennes would be reasonable substitution for Versailles. Talk about setting you up for a let down. This is an interesting property to look at from the perspective that it's in great shape. But it does not have the gardens. It is not furnished. It is mostly an empty hulk.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

When we visited the chateau, the church was being restored so we couldn't visit it. We only visited two towers and that's it. I was expecting more from this place. Maybe when the church reopens things might be more interesting.

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