~ Chateau Vaux le Vicomte near Fontainebleau ~

Chateau Vaux le Vicomte

Photo of the chateau near Fontainebleau

~ The French Masterpiece of the 17th century ~

Vaux le Vicomte was built from 1658 to 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, Marquis de Belle-Isle, Viscount of Melun and Maux, the Surintendant of finances under Louis XIV and Cardinal Mazarin. Created by an unparalleled combination of talents : the architect Louis Le Vau, the landscape gardener André Le Nôtre, and the painter Charles Le Brun, this is one of Europe's finest constructions of its kind and was the model for the Palace of Versailles. Famously, the château was so sumptuous and dazzling that King Louis suspected Fouquet of misappropriation of public funds, and he was arrested and imprisoned for life.

Although privately owned by the Comte de Vogüé, the chateau is also designated a Monument Historique and welcomes the general public as visitors.

The château and its grounds were used as the home of the villainous Hugo Drax in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker starring Roger Moore.

Chateau-hotel Bourron

Want to Sleep in an
Historic Château?

You can't stay overnight at Vaux le Vicomte, but nearby is the pretty
Château de Bourron, where you are assured a friendly welcome
by the charming Count and Countess de Cordon in their ancestral home.

Painting of Nicholas Fouquet
Nicolas Fouquet
"Just as gentle as he is severe, just as powerful as he is fair"
... A magnificent rising star, who shone even brighter than the later "Sun King",
forgetting that the sun could not endure a rivaling star beside him ...

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