The Chateau of Vincennes is a building affirming the power of the monarchy: it guarded the capital, whilst at the same time protecting the kings against uprisings. It was at the heart of the French monarchy until 1682, when Louis XIV chose to settle in Versailles. The keep was used as a prison from the 16th up to the 19th century: Fouquet, the Marquis de Sade, and Mirabeau were held here. Under Napoleon I it was transformed into a barracks and arsenal, and the fortress protected Paris during invasions in the 19th century. It also became a place of national remembrance. Get to explore this historical French monument with your direct entry ticket.
With your skip-the-line entry, head inside the Château of Vincennes, which was a royal residence from the 12th to 18th centuries.Admire its preserved 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. In the early 15th century, Louis XI was the first king to use the keep as a jail for his favorite prisoners, who were taken with him on his progresses throughout the kingdom. The keep was still being used as a prison in the 19th century, a symbol of arbitrary royal justice. Restored after suffering extensive damage during World War II, the Château of Vincennes now houses the historical services of the three French armed forces.