Paris Travel Planner   Château de Vincennes, Paris, France
The Château de Vincennes is perhaps best known for its keep, or dungeon, which has been recently restored.




The Château de Vincennes, southeast of Paris and at the entrance to the Bois de Vincennes, dates from the 14th century.

Today the only parts you can visit are the keep, or dungeon (from donjon), which was recently restored, and the Sainte-Chapelle, which is modeled on the Sainte-Chapelle on Île de la Cité.

Visiting the keep takes you up spiral staircases to the council room, the bedchamber, and the study of Charles V, as well as the Treasury where Charles kept his gold and silver, and the nearby latrine.

Helpful signs in French, English, and Spanish explain the various rooms and their history, and a short video provides supplemental information.

The keep is 50 meters high, making it the tallest medieval keep in France. It is surrounded by a wall and a moat.

Main gate, Chateau de Vincennes, Paris
Main gate, Château de Vincennes.

Extensive and continuous restoration work has gone on at the Château de Vincennes. The Sainte-Chapelle has recently been closed for renovation and should now be open.

The classical pavilions, which you'll pass on your way to the Bois de Vincennes, were added in the 17th century.

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The keep, Chateau de Vincennes, Paris

Above, The keep of the Château de Vincennes, Paris.


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