Chateau de Vincennes

cdvThe Louvre and Versailles are not the only châteaux in the neighborhood. While not in Paris proper, Château de Vincennes is just a hop, skip and a jump away; a few metro stops on the line 1 direction Chateau de Vincennes.

Once a hunting lodge developed in the 11th century, ever the construction king, Charles V began to enlarge this royal country home three centuries later into one of the largest châteaux in Europe. Buildings were added in subsequent years and the castle was finally completed in the 17th century.

chateau-de-vincennesThe castle has a predominantly medieval feel with its fortress walls and a large moat keeping marauders out and the royal court in. The water has long since been drained from the barricade and replaced by grass, but one certainly can imagine how challenging it would have been for a knight dressed in armor to cross this once formidable water-filled area.


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