Vaux-le-Vicomte and Musée des équipages in Pictures

Part 2 of day 6 (August 20). After finishing the tour in Fontainebleau, we went to Maincy and visit the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. It is a baroque château built from 1658 to 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, Marquis de Belle Île,Viscount of Melun and Vaux, the superintendent of finances of Louis XIV.

The château was an influential work of architecture in mid-17th century Europe. At Vaux-le-Vicomte, the architect Louis Le Vau, the landscape architect André le Nôtre, and the painter-decorator Charles Le Brun worked together on a large-scale project for the first time. Their collaboration marked the beginning of the “Louis XIV style” combining architecture, interior design and landscape design. The garden’s pronounced visual axis is an example of this style (from Wikipedia).

After touring the castle and the gardens, I went to take a look another part of the château, which is the Musée des équipages, which is literally the carriage museum.

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