Vaux le Vicomte Grand Salon!

Now lets get you back to my backyard. It disturb me that many link the castle with things to do in Paris!! when in fact this castle belongs to the Seine et Marne dept 77 dear to me and in the village of Maincy not far from Melun. Ok so enough for my rant; I have written several posts on it but as usual need to come back for the details.

I like to tell you a big more on the Grand Salon of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. 

The Grand Salon is found after crossing the vestibule, located under the dome. It is oval; an innovation for the time, which preferred the galleries. The idea is directly inspired by the Italian Baroque. The decoration planned by Le Brun is not finished, Fouquet having been arrested before. But the Vogüé family, current owner of the premises, do not despair of achieving it one day, because they have the drawings, signed by Le Brun. Le Brun had planned a vault ; the first for a private building – famous on the theme of Palace of the Sun. This was not finished and the plans are in the Louvre museum today. At its place, the previous owner Mr Sommier put 12 busts in marbre of famous personages like emperors and Romans Italian works of the 17C coming from the collection of the Prince Napoleon. However, there are 4 busts high up in the columns around the north and south doors that have never left Vaux-le-Vicomte since 1661.


This is where Nicolas Fouquet gave the party with guess king Louis XIV on a room or salon 18 meters long by 18 meters wide was still unfinished. As it is done by Le Vau is an oval perimeter mark by 16 arches and 16 doric columns high to the windows in the first floor (2nd US). Here it is represented in arcades beautiful cariads representing the 12 signs of the zodiac and the four seasons, with below decorations of flowers, fruits and animals.

It is an impressive room and one of the highlights of the visit by many visitors. I must add I am Friends of the castle  (les amis de Vaux-le-Vicomte) for many years and help out voluntarily and financially for its upkeep.

The Les Amis de Vaux-le-Vicomte association has 2,500 members. For thirty years, it has been working to find, all over the world, pieces of furniture, works of art, documents that belonged to Vaux or relate to its history. Among the treasures now on display at the chateau, a portrait of Madame Fouquet by Le Brun, letters to D’Artagnan on the detention of the superintendent at Pinerolo, an extremely rare manuscript by La Fontaine. And, the eighth tapestry from the Barberini collection, found in the United States. Today 2 M € are disbursed annually for the maintenance of Vaux-le-Vicomte.

The official webpage of Vaux le VicomteCastle of Vaux le Vicomte

Tourist office of the area Melun val de Seine on Vaux le Vicomte in English: Tourist office of Melun Val de Seine on Vaux le Vicomte

The tourist office of the Ïle de France region on Vaux le Vicomte in English: TOurist office region of Ile de France on Vaux le Vicomte

This is dear castle of mine and very much a must to visit while in my belle France. Hope you enjoy as we do and you too can help maintained it as beautiful as you see it by donating to the Amis de Vaux le Vicomte webpage here: Friends of Vaux le Vicomte association

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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