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