Visit of the gardens of Vaux le Vicomte

Visit of the gardens of Vaux le Vicomte

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** Are we still showing Vaux le Vicomte? The castle and the gardens which surround it are today essential places, as much by the history with which they are charged as by their "French" character. Imagined by the landscape gardener Le Nôtre, the Vaux le Vicomte gardens are emblematic of this art of gardening: work on perspective, optical effects, trimmed plants, basins, statues and alleys with a strict design are all characteristics that testify. Here, the smallest detail is governed by the rules of the art of "Grand Siècle" gardens. Visit this gem! **

The gardens of Vaux le Vicomte

A.J.CASSAIGNE At the time of the creation of the domain, "embroidery" was considered as the most noble ornament of a garden. The boxwood scrolls are enhanced by flowerbeds in warm tones obtained by pounding brick.

The gardens of Vaux le Vicomte

cuyer Bibal Many water features adorn the gardens which are also bordered by a large white water canal. The aerial view underlines the perspective of the gardens, which has been carefully studied to create optical effects intended to make the garden perceived as smaller than it actually is. For this, the elements close to the castle (statues, basins ...) have a size and a height limited near the castle and much more important as one moves away from it.

The gardens of Vaux le Vicomte

Milochau Thus, it is almost only after passing the embroidery aisle that the visitor will realize, discovering the existence of the canal, that the caves are actually built on the other bank.

The gardens of Vaux le Vicomte

Vaux le Vicomte These cheerful flower beds have an almost rural aspect compared to the strict arrangement of the rest of the garden.

The gardens of Vaux le Vicomte

CHICUREL Aerial view of Vaux le Vicomte. In the background, we can guess the vast alley lined with 257 plane trees which leads to the domain. The castle and the outbuildings are part of a 40 hectare setting surrounded by hardwoods.

The gardens of Vaux le Vicomte

Vaux le Vicomte The perfect condition of the chateau and its "great century" character make it a popular spot for historic cinema. The castle has served as a backdrop for many films including "Angélique et le Roy", "La folie des grandeurs", "Ridicule" or "La fille de d'Artagnan".

The gardens of Vaux le Vicomte

Vaux le Vicomte The gardens which extend in line with the facade fully play the card of horizontality. On a perspective of more than three kilometers, it is only a series of terraces and flowerbeds, just punctuated by a few plant cones which only emphasize the dominant all horizontal.

The gardens of Vaux le Vicomte

Vaux le Vicomte With its perspective effects that play on everyone by presenting what is far away as close, the visitor with little endurance will have every interest in sparing his mount! Fortunately, some electric cars are available to walkers to allow you to explore the entire area without compromising the calm of the place.

The gardens of Vaux le Vicomte

Vaux le Vicomte The designs of the boxwood flowerbeds which constitute this perspective are inspired by the patterns of Turkish carpets. Because of the optical rules which govern the perspectives of the garden, one hardly notices the different levels of the terraces which extend in front of the facade of the castle.


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