"This was the estate I considered to be my main showcase, where I wanted to leave behind some symbols of the status I had enjoyed" (Nicolas Foucquet 1615-1680).
This stunning castle was erected by Foucquet, Louis XIV's superintendant of finances.
After the death of Cardinal Mazarin, in 1661, he was unjustly arrested - plotted by the young king and Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683). Foucquet was imprisoned for life after a humiliating mock trial. Vaux le Vicomte was sequestered and only given back to
Madam Foucquet 12 years later. Foucquet died in prison.
History lovers! There is some highly interesting literature available about Foucquet and his contemporaries. For instance "The man who outshone the Sun King" by Charles Drazin.