Château de Vincennes: A Must-See Chateau in France

The Chateau de Vincennes in France is a 14th and 17th century French royal castle. It started out as a humble hunting lodge made for Louis VII during the 12th century, and was made as a larger manor in the 13th century by Philip Augustus and Louis IX. Marriages and deaths happened at that castle – Philippne III and Philippine the IV made their wedding vows there, while Louis X, Philippe V, and Charles IV all died there.

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“Chateau-de-Vincennes-donjon” by Edal Anton Lefterov – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

It’s a pretty interesting castle that survived events like the Hundred Years War, the Battle of Paris, and, of course, World War II. In fact, it was the military headquarters of General Maurice Gamelin during the German invasion of France in 1940, and is now France’s Defence Historical Service’s main base. In the chateau’s donjon is a museum.

Like most of the castles we’ve been looking at in this site, of course this chateau has played its part in history. It’s certainly beautiful from the inside as well as the outside, and such beauty – as well as the history (and the museum being maintained in the donjon) – may inspire the artist.

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Credit: “Chateau de Vincennes (pixinn.net)” by Christophe Meneboeuf – http://www.pixinn.net. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

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Credit: “Sainte Chapelle Vincennes 2014 ext” by Sputniktilt – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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