Château de Vincennes

Paris, France

Château de Vincennes


The Château de Vincennes (French pronunciation: ​[ʃɑto d(ə) vɛ̃sɛn]) is a massive 14th and 17th century French royal fortress in the town of Vincennes, to the east of Paris, now a suburb of the metropolis.

Like other more famous châteaux, it had its origins in a hunting lodge, constructed for Louis VII about 1150 in the forest of Vincennes. In the 13th century, Philip Augustus and Louis IX erected a more substantial manor: Louis IX is reputed to have departed from Vincennes on the crusade from which he did not return.

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