Chef d'oeuvre of the 17th century, the domain of Vaux le Vicomte associated the genius of 3 great artists, engaged by Nicolas Fouquet, the then superintendent of finances of Louis XIV: a remarkable and innovating architecture of Louis Le Vau, the splendid decorations of Charles Le Brun the painter and decorator and an elegant garden, model of perfection of the French style imagined by the famous landscape gardener-designer André Le Notre.
A little gem that Nicolas Fouquet wanted to inaugurate on August 17, 1611, only 5 years after the debut of the construction of the Château, in the presence of the Sun King. An incomparable festival ( perhaps more sumptuous than those given by the king himself in his Château de Louvre?), which earned Fouquet his arrest 19 days later, suspected by the King of treason… For the first time in the whole of French history, Louis XIV increased the sentence of the judges and imprisoned him for life.
The domain of Vaux le Vicomte is the chef d'oeuvre (masterpiece) of the 17th century. Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV's superintendent of finances, brought together the genius of three great artists: the remarkable and innovative architecture of Louis Le Vau; the splendid decorations of the painter and decorator Charles Le Brun; and an elegant garden, a model of perfection in the French style, created by the famous landscape gardener-designer André Le Notre.
After only five years of construction, Fouquet inaugurated his little gem of a château on August 17, 1611 at a fête attended by the Sun King. This incomparable event was perhaps a bit too sumptuous; Fouquet was arrested 19 days later, suspected by the jealous king of treason and financial malfeasance. So great was Louis' displeasure that at the conclusion of Fouquet's trial, for the first time in French history, the king actually increased the sentence of the presiding judges and had Fouquet imprisoned for life.
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