Royal Residences: Half-Day Options

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CHATEAU DE VINCENNES

The 14th century walls and towers remain, as well as the restored keep, which can be visited and gives great insight on the life of the court in medieval times.


The 17th century pavilions of Louis XIV, his mother Anne of Austria and godfather Cardinal Mazarin are of historical interest as they were constructed by Le Vau between Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versailles.

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ST GERMAIN-EN-LAYE

This Renaissance chateau was built by François I on the site of the original 12th century fortress. The Sainte Chapelle of Saint Louis is the only part remaining of the gothic chateau which was burnt down by the Black Prince in 1346.

Louis XIV was born in the “Chateau Neuf” and it was under his reign that Le Notre redesigned the gardens.