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Chateau of Vincennes

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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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As a medieval history buff, this was on my list. It is the only medieval castle in Paris still standing that housed a king, Charles V. It is now half medieval and half... read more

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As a medieval history buff, this was on my list. It is the only medieval castle in Paris still standing that housed a king, Charles V. It is now half medieval and half renaissance. The explanatory signage is good and there is a video in one small room about the restoration of the castle. It is extremely easy to get... More 

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Easy side trip from Paris and fascinating historically. Free to wander in and around the courtyard and 9€ to get access to the Keep and Chapel. Bear in mind there are ongoing restoration works to the chapel at the moment with scaffolding up and sandblasting going on, but it's nice to see it being restored. We enjoyed our visit and... More 

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I visited here on a Sunday. It's was a 15 minute métro from Chatelet and the Château is right next to the metro station so very easy to find. Part of the Château dates back the the 11th century and the Capetians. The main keep was used by Charles V and whilst the keep is not furnished now, it is... More 

Thank ClemsonWendi
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this castle on a Sunday mid-morning and basically had the place to ourselves. Beautifully preserved and presented with some interactive presentations. This seems to be the best preserved medieval location in Paris and is a must-see for kids!

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Benoni, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The is an historic castle inside Paris busy undergoing restoration. Access is not free but included in the museam pass. Unfortunately the castle is unfurnished but still a worthwhile visit if you have some free time. Access via the metro is quick and easy.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Château de Vincennes, offers free access main courtyard so you can look at the exteriors and visit the souvenir shop although if you do go inside you need to pass through an airline style security. Paying €9 gains admission to the Sainte Chapelle and the keep. To be honest they probably aren't worth the fee, especially as you can... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy access from Paris metro, but be prepared for lots of stairs once you get there. Fascinating glimpse into French medieval history. If you are not a history buff before you go you may be one by the time you leave.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you visit Vincennes you must have to visit the castle and it's donjon newly renovated were you also can visit the inside and go to the top of it and enjoy of the view. The chateau is a beautiful place to learn about history.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 14 March 2017

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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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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