Château de Vaux le Vicomte

A 17th century masterpiece, Vaux-le-Vicomte was the backdrop to many major historical events and witnessed the tragic eviction of its creator, Nicolas Fouquet, following an extraordinary trial.

Majestically laid out along a four kilometer axis, the château of Vaux-le-Vicomte surges from a series of planes like a theatre set.

The gardens can be spotted on either side, arranged in vast terraces that follow the natural slope of the land.

The great axis dominates every aspect of this composition, cleverly balanced at times to mask asymmetries.  It creates a sense of transparency, passing through the château’s entrance hall and Grand Salon, so that the statue of “Hercules at Rest,” can be glimpsed two kilometers further south.

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