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Vaux-le-Vicomte, France


The Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a French Baroque chateau located in Maincy, 55 km southeast of Paris in the Seine-et-Marne departement of France. It was built from 1658 to 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, the superintendent of finances of Louis XIV.

Vaux-le-Vicomte was in many ways the most influential work built in Europe in the mid-17th century, the finest house in France built after the Chateau de Maisons. Here, together with the architect Louis Le Vau, the landscape gardener Andre le Notre and the painter-decorator Charles Le Brun worked together on a large-scale project for the first time. Their collaboration marked the beginning of a new order: the magnificent manner that is associated with the "Louis XIV style" involving a system of collective work, which could be applied to the structure, its interiors and works of art and the creation of an entire landscape.

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