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“Fresh air, space and horses”

Chateau of Vincennes
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Owner description: 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
Eugene, Oregon
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“Fresh air, space and horses”
Reviewed 1 December 2013

This is a refreshing escape from the city, with over 2,000 acres of fields and forest. Few people know there is a beautiful stable nearby where locals take lessons, and experienced riders canter along the paths. It was just breath-taking to be able to walk through the barns and nuzzle with the horses. There is also a cafe that serves great hot chocolate. We went back for another visit today to tour the castle. It was fascinating to walk through the king's quarters even though it is not furnished. Great place for kids ages 8-12 to use their imaginations. Creative parents will have an amazing time here with their kids.

Visited November 2013
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Lannion, France
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“Must see place in Paris”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

I skipped this place during my last paris visit, because I thought it was useful to visit this place, because I planned to visit Chateau de Versailles, but fortunately, I visited this magnificent place this time.
If I compare Versailles with this castle, actually two castles were built in two styles, Versailles is more luxurious castle but this one was been built with more protection and this one very old one and we were taken few centuries back when we see the castle, huge bridge and the Chapel,
If you are planing to visit France, don't miss this hidden gem,
And normally this closed at 5.00 pm these days, so please make sure to visit at least two hours before 5.00 pm.

Visited November 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Disney would have a field day here.”
Reviewed 24 November 2013

If Paris ever needed protecting,than this mother-of a-fortress is the 'Captain America' is the one to do it. Its huge,as far as royal fortified castles go,ticking all the boxes as well,with battlements,moats,donjon and for devotional-time,after all that protecting,there is a royal chapel.
This chateau has consistently found itself at the centre of French history and in a former life, was a hunting lodge,probably fortified to protect the royals from enraged,violent hunting animals. Seriously,this edifice could stand fleshing out with some furnishings and lots of suits of armour. Its still a great place to duck in for an afternoon visit from Paris to see something outside the main tourist route. The forest and green spaces around it make for a great place to sit and crack open your picnic eggs and baguette.
Wear comfy shoes for the wall surrounding it is 1.2 km with a looming height of 40 m,all enjoying a dry moat around it.
The main tower,a donjon, is a stand-out at 50 m height and has the distinction of being the last remaining fortified,medieval building in Europe. Inside there are a number of of interactive multi media displays. I still think ,if they borrowed some suits of armour,statuary and furnishings from the museums,they could turn this empty place into a successful attraction.
Now,put your hands together in a supplication pose and lets enter the Chapel which is an amazing piece of architecture. Follow through to the pavilions which are a lovely softening touch,essentially defining the classical style.
Shame about the former grand canal being filled in, as a shimmering,watery moat would have added verve and excitement to the chateau.
Easy-peasy getting here. Hop on Metro line1 (yellow) with your final destination listed as Chateau de Vincennes stop.
PS....... some interesting tit-bits...... The Marquis de Sade, Miderot and Mirabeau,as well as rebellious nuns,were incarcerated here. It later served as a porcelain and later,an arms factory with even later, historical sections of the French armed forces.
Don't you agree, Disney would have a field day here!!

Visited December 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Disappointing”
Reviewed 9 November 2013

This must have been the most disappointing place we have seen in/near Paris. There was nothing to see inside the "chateau", no furnishings or items of interest at all, just bare rooms/dungeons, if you're into that sort of thing. I agree there wasn't anybody else around as they were probably all visiting some other place much more interesting. There was just nothing to see except the tower and chapel. For the price, it was hardly worth the train ride out although we had a very nice lunch at a local restaurant and the centre of the town of Vincennes was attractive and interesting.

Visited November 2013
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“Only if you've already seen the most important monuments”
Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

Most parts looked as if the were being renovated, and we weren't even allowed to go to the top of the dungeon, which was about the only possibly interesting thing about this place. A very nice castle not at all used to its full potential.

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