Rendez-vous at the Château de Vincennes

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. Patrick Cadet

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux - P. Cadet

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. P. Cadet

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. Patrick Cadet

Rendez-vous at the Château de Vincennes Chateau de Vincennes 94300 Vincennes fr

A royal residence on the edges of Paris

The Château de Vincennes was used as royal residence from the 12th to 18th century and it has preserved its medieval towers, the Sainte-Chapelle and the 14th century keep which is the highest of its kind in Europe.

In 1365, Charles V, King of France, transformed the family manor house at Vincennes into a more suitable royal dwelling and built the present keep to house his art collection and manuscripts. From the early 15th century to the 1800s, the keep was used as a prison, a symbol of absolute State power, which saw the imprisonment of famous figures such as Fouquet, the Marquis de Sade, and Mirabeau.

After extensive restoration work, the Sainte-Chapelle at the Château de Vincennes has re-opened to the public and visitors can now fully admire its remarkable decorative ensemble. Started in 1379, and based on the model of the royal chapel in the Palais de la Cité in Paris, the Sainte-Chapelle at Vincennes realised the dreams of King Charles V to add a truly exceptional religious edifice to this impressive fortress.


  • Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Russian

• Reservations: 2 weeks
Duration: 1 hr

  • Audio-guide tour: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Guided tour: French

For other languages, please contact us

  • Lecture tour: French, English

• Reservations: tel.: (33) (0)1 44 54 19 30 - fax: (33) (0)1 44 54 19 31
Duration: 1 hr 30 min

  • Prestigious visit outside standard opening hours

• Reservation required

  • Visit to the upper floors of the castle keep (roof terrace)

• Reservation required


  • On the eastern outskirts of Paris
  • From Paris: Porte de Vincennes Follow the avenue de Paris, Château
  • Metro: Line 1, Château de Vincennes
  • RER A: Vincennes


Château de Vincennes
Avenue de Paris
94300 Vincennes

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