Château de Vincennes

Published by Cécile D., Laurent P. · Photos by My B. · Published on 17 June 2022 at 11h36
With the Louvre, the Château de Vincennes is one of the most important castles in the History of France. It is also one of the widest and best-preserved fortified castles in Europe…

As many castles in Île-de-France have announced they are reopening, this is now the turn of the Château de Vincennes to delight history buff, announcing it is reopening from May 19, 2021. Yet, the reopening will take place in compliance with health guidelines, including facemask-wearing, social distancing, limited number of visitors, and hand-sanitizer made available.

It used to be first a simple hunting lodge, furbished by Louis VII circa 1150 in the Forêt de Vincennes, the Château de Vincennes becomes in the 13th century a manor erected by Philippe Auguste and Saint Louis. Circa 1337, Philippe VI de Valois decides to fortify the site building a dungeon west of the manor. 52-meter high, this is the biggest medieval fortification in Europe.

Famous for being a royal house in the 14th century, this fortified castle is used as a jail from the 16th century and until the 19th century: Fouquet, the Marquis de Sade and Mirabeau were even held there. Turned into a compound by Napoleon I, the fortress was to protect Paris and is still the headquarters of the Historic Service of Defense. Today, you can still visit the King’s apartments, the Sainte-Chapelle and even the upper parts of the dungeon!

The Sainte-Chapelle was built in 1379 inspired by the Saint-Chapelle from the Palais de la Cité in Paris. Yet, it only includes one floor, but the sculptures of the gate are a great witness of the art in the 15th century.

Since 1988, a large renovation program has been set up for the Château de Vincennes.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
Starts 1 June 2020



    1 Avenue de Paris
    94300 Vincennes

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