Isabella doesn’t like princesses so she was not very into visiting a castle, but when we told her we would visit a fortified castle that was used as a prison, with gates and towers, she liked the idea 🙂
Château de Vincennes is a fortress that was built between the 14th and 17th centuries. It is the most extensive French royal castle still in existence. The castle’s purpose was to shelter, during long periods, the royal family and its entire domestic staff, part of the kingdom’s administration and the necessary army for its defence.
The castle is composed of a long surrounding wall, protected by three gates and six towers, which stretches around over more than half a mile and which protects a rectangular space of several acres. This interior square holds the keep, administrative and military buildings and a chapel.
The château was abandoned as a royal residence when the King chose Versailles as his new home. At that time the Keep had already been transformed into a prison for high-born prisoners.
The castle’s most famous prisoner was probably Marquis de Sade. Some of his work was written while he was there.
We highly recommend a visit to Chateau de Vincennes, even if you are not with kids! And when you finish your tour, pay a visit to Parc Floral, right by the castle!
For information on how to get there, click here.
For more info about the castle, click here.