I haven’t done an official Travel Tuesday post in quite a long while, but the recently published book © A Day at Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte by Alexandre de Vogüé, Jean-Charles de Vogüé, and Ascanio de Vogüé, Flammarion, 2015, photographs © Bruno Ehrs offers quite a tour of both the history and beauty of this amazing place.
The Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte is located in Maincy, near Melun, southeast of Paris.
The Chateau was built by Nicolas Fouquet, finance minister to Louis XIV, in 1641. At that time, before Versailles, there was nothing like it in all of Europe. Not only was this the inspiration for the design, architecture and landscaping of Versailles (built 1661-1678) , it is considered to have inspired all of Europe.
Here’s a video from the Vaux-le-Vicomte website:
The book A Day at Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte offers a wonderful level of detail about this great estate, as well as gorgeous photography to drool over. As a designer – this is a wonderful resource for an in-depth study of classic French design of Le Grand Siècle. As a traveler – this is a must-see place on my next trip to France.
Befitting it’s subject, the book comes in a gorgeous slipcase.
Note: I received no compensation for this post, other than receiving a press-copy of the book for review.