Sceaux castle : Famous French gardens

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The Domaine départemental de Sceaux (including the castle and its vast gardens) still retains the magic of the 17th century.

  • Location: Sceaux
  • Duration: 1h30
  • Access by Public Transport: Bourg-la-Reine, Sceaux or Parc de Sceaux (RER B)


The classic perspectives of this French formal garden (jardin à la française) are a perfect illustration of André le Notre's landscaping genius (he also created the Versailles Palace gardens).

Formerly owned by Jean-Baptiste Colbert, France's most notorious Minister of Finance (under Louis the XIVth), this property is a trove of delightful discoveries: the Pavillon de l’Aurore and its famous dome, painted by Le Brun; the magnificent orangerie designed by Jule Hardouin-Mansart; and its superb stables.

Built in the 19th century, the castle houses valuable art and historic collections.


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