"Vaux le Vicomte-history of the chateau" Melun Things to Do Tip by Dabs

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Vaux le Vicomte was the home of Nicolas Fouquet, that is until the nefarious machinations of Colbert who whispered into the ear of King Louis XIV that Fouquet was guilty of theft to cover up his complicity in the accumulation of wealth amassed, mostly by unscurpulous means, by Cardinal Mazarin to whom he served as a personal servent. After Mazarin's death, Colbert needed to cover his tracks and Fouquet was the target. The King was already envious of Fouquet's popularity and of the lavish chateau he built so it was probably not too hard to convince him of Fouquet's guilt. To add insult to injury, in August 1661 they arranged for Fouquet to throw a party for the King at Vaux le Vicomte where they had him arrested. Colbert lobbied for death but the jury voted for banishment. Fouquet was imprisoned for until his death in March 1680. Although I don't remember it being mentioned at the chateau, from the history of the chateau, Fouquet started building the chateau in 1645 but it wasn't finished until 1661, the same year he was arrested. Didn't really give him much time to enjoy the fully completed chateau...

What I really liked about this chateau compared to the others we saw on this visit was that they did a really good job of displaying the history of the chateau in rooms with audio and visual presentations. And unlike Versailles and Fontainebleau, the chateau still sits in a setting not in a city but surrounded by trees and some of the original grounds.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 12, 2011
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