The Castle of Vincennes

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the dungeon of Vincennes castle is the highest existing in Europ the top is 50 meter high.

The Castle of Vincennes used to be the hunting retreat of the French King only one day horseride away from Paris nowadays you can access it by taking the metro one to Château de Vincennes (maximum one hour journey).

Charles V decided, at the end of the XIV century,  to built the actual fortress and make it his principal residency. After the murder of of is father's council he he was willing to flee paris and its political trouble for a much safer place. The castle at that time was an excelent defensive fortress with 9 fortified gates and a dungeon. surrounded by woods. When Louis XIV was a child King under the revolt of the Princes he fleed Paris and moved in Vincennes with his Regent mother.

In the Background the part of the castle built in the XVII century, in the Foreground the middle age part
The cardinal Mazarin who was handling the Kingdom's business for him decided to extend the Castle of Vincennes transforming him into a reception castle adding to baroque aisle to the castle.

Now the castle like many french monument is used for Various purposes. It host a military school, a public park, a museum and arts exhibit.

The visit of the Dungeon is really interesting especially if like me you like to imagine yourself as a middle age princess waving her handkerchief to some lover goingaway. :D The dungeon is one of the best conserved middleage fortress existing in Europ, it host some curiosity such as the trasure room where the King could store about 30% of the Kingdom yearly budget, magnificient middleaged painting in the Kingsroom. The basement of the castle was used as a Prison for political enemies or noble offending the moral values of the time.

the sainte chapelle of Vincennes
The marquis de Sade (1), Denis Diderot (2), the comt of Mirabeau (3) where imprisonned in Vincennes. The last two wrote books during theIr detention who had a great impact and are considered as father of the French revolution.

The vist of the Sainte Chapelle is interesting eventhough the church windows are not as beautifful and well preserved as the Sainte Chapelle in Paris. It host various exhibit relating with the arts during the middle-age. Sadly I couldnt take picture insisde.

1)Donatien Alphonse François, comt of Sade called the Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), writer who inspired the word sadism and lead him to spend 27 years in prison. 

2)Denis Diderot (1713-1784) was a writer, philosoph of the knowledge and the first encyclopedist.

3)Honoré-Gabriel Riquetti, comt of Mirabeau (1749-1791), was a lawyer, a revolutionar, a journalist, and a politician

For more information: http://www.chateau-vincennes.fr/index.php

 

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