Standing as a testament to the France’s Medieval Age, Maincy is a small and beautiful village that will charm you with its otherworldly atmosphere. The locale is filled with evidences of the rich history of the location in the form of Roman inspired churches and of course, the magnificent castle of the last Vaux le Comte. If you want a taste of history while touring France, Maincy should be one of your stops.
The historic castle still retains artifacts of bygone eras and its stone walks, open canals and sidewalks are a testament to the era it was built in. Strolling through them is one of the things to do in Maincy. The pathways meander through the village as evidence of the influence of the royal residents on the common folk and giving it a rural characteristic that is entirely its own. Vaux le Comte’s residence has actually been compared to the spectacular Versailles.
Besides strolling the charming ivy covered houses in the village, no trip to Maincy would be complete without a walk in the castle’s and rooms. The structure still retains all of its royal furnishings and is a feat of architecture in and of itself. One of the things to do in Maincy is to walk through the village and straight to the castle for a surreal experience of medieval life; that’s how well preserved the location is!
Vaux-le-Vicomte is an ornate chateau with a domed roof surrounded by lush green landscape. The chateau represents the mid-17 the century architectural design. It has an expansive, lush garden that looks great throughout the year.
Nicolas Fouquet, who once served as finance minister for the king of France, purchased the Chateau in 1641. Taking a tour of the Chateau inside is informative and entertaining at the same time. The place is festively decorated during the Christmas season with different themes.
The chateau is built on a moated site that is accessed using two bridges that are aligned with the central axis and placed on the south and the north side. The bridge over the moat on the north side leads to a forecourt from avant court. It is flanked on the sides by raised terraces with the layout evoking the cour d'honneur of medieval houses in France with the entrance of the court enclosed by domestic quarters and housing kitchens.
Vaux-le-Vicomte chateau has been the scene of various international films including James Bond film the Mookraker (1979), The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), and TV series American Revolutionary War (2006). Visitors can access the area from Paris by taking the RER D train that takes around 45 minutes to reach here.