Vaux le Vicomte

The Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte, situated in the village of Maincy near Melun (in the Seine-et-Marne region about 50 km south-east of Paris), is a 17th-century chateau built between 1658 and 1661 by King Louis XIV’s Superintendent of Finances, Nicolas Fouquet. The distinguished landscape gardener Le Nôtre transformed the chateau’s gardens into an authentic work of art that soon established his long-lasting reputation. Today the chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte is among the most visited monuments in France.