If you are travelling around in Biarritz then the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a must-see attraction.
Located in Maincy, this baroque chateau was built in 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, the superintendent of finances for King Louis XIV. The estate had been acquired by Fouquet in 1641, and he wanted the original small site to be expanded into his ambitious plans. Fouquet wanted to realise his dreams so much that three villages were bought and demolished so that the necessary funds were available for construction. While 18,000 displaced villagers were turned into workers for the project, this move was nothing short of controversial.
Once it was built, the chateau was host to a variety of banquets and feasts, while it also became a social centre for literature and the arts, welcoming the likes of poet La Fontaine and the playwright Molièrewere.
However, this charming spot would soon be tainted after Fouquet was arrested in August 1661 following a famous fete, in the belief that the home had been funded by misappropriation of public funds. After Fouquet was put in prison for life, much of the decor was seized by the King, while Madam Fouquet reacquired the property ten years later, only to sell it to the public.
Today, it is a major tourist attraction, with millions of people visiting the site every year. This is the perfect opportunity to keep the kids entertained while learning more about the region's fascinating and tumultuous past. The chateau also hosts a variety of national and public events throughout the year so be sure to check the official website to see what may be on during your trip.
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