Ile-de-France Castles: The Royal Château of St-Germain-en-Laye - France
Ile-de-France Castles: The Royal Château of St-Germain-en-Laye (Les Châteaux d'Île-de-France, 2013)
Director: Jacques Vichet
Directed and written by Jacques Vichet, Ile-deFrance Castles unveils the secrets of two magnificent architecture masterpieces: The chateau of Vaux le Vicomte and the Chantilly Chateau. The masterminds behind the construction of such monuments and the details of their building process are told by experts and connoisseurs, who go in detail to even recount anecdote of the events hosted there.
Saint-Germain-en-Laye is a town of history and culture. Its chateau was built under the seal of history, having been where numerous historical events took place, such as the handing over of Christ’s crown of thorns by the Emperor of Constantinople to Saint-Louis. Witness to Francis I and Claude's wedding, the castle also held the birth of Henri II, Charles IX and Louis XIV. The Chateau with its terrace overlooking the Parisian valley is one the most beautiful dwellings the kings of France have lived in. The park, designed by Le Nôtre, and the irregular garden are a delight for the visitors. Saint-Germain-en-Laye became the de facto seat of the realm's government.