the owners of The castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte, near Paris, have been kidnapped in the night from Wednesday 18 to Thursday 19 September. The thieves walked away with a booty estimated at around 2 million euros, said the prosecutor of Melun, on Thursday.

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The events took place just before dawn, in this castle of the Seventeenth century was presented as the model of the castle of Versailles, said the prosecutor. The owners were tied up by half-a-dozen criminals, according to a police source, but do not exhibit injuries. The judicial police of Versailles, before the investigation.

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The public prosecutor’s office has entrusted the investigation to the judicial police of Versailles, which was on site in the morning. Largest private property classified for France, with an area of 500 hectares, the château de Vaux-le-Vicomte welcomes every year 250,000 visitors. This architectural masterpiece, built between 1656 and 1661 in a fifty kilometer to the south of Paris, earned its owner, Nicolas Fouquet, the jealousy of King Louis XIV, who had him imprisoned for life.

legend has it that the king has ordered his arrest after a sumptuous feast given in the honor of the court, who dazzled Louis XIV by its water jets, its fireworks, its buffet impressive given for more than a thousand covered and the quality of its performances. After the arrest of Nicolas Fouquet, the king seized the castle and the vida of his most beautiful objects for the transfer to the palace of the Louvre and Versailles.

The flight “took place in a private apartment”, which is located in the area, but not in the castle, and “does not relate to the collections of the palace” indicated the direction of the castle to the AFP. “The owners go well and the castle remains open to visitors at the usual hours”, she said.

largest private property classified for France, with an area of 500 acres, enclosed by a wall of 13 km, the “little Versailles” each year welcomes some 250,000 visitors. This architectural masterpiece, built between 1656 and 1661 in a fifty kilometer to the south of Paris, has earned its owner, Nicolas Fouquet, the jealousy of King Louis XIV, who had him imprisoned for life.

Vaux-le-Vicomte has built its reputation in part thanks to the great names who have built up: Louis Le Vau was the architect, Charles Le Brun, the painter, and André Le Nôtre, the landscape architect. Almost 13 acres of French garden are then designed, with an open living area, not to mention multiple water basins, and numerous statues, including a covered 10, 000 sheets of gold.

The castle was saved by the family of Praslin, and then by Alfred Sommier, who bought it at auction in 1875. Frame is the ancestor of the count and countess de Vogüé. Owned for five generations, the family of Vogüé, made to flourish today this French jewel thanks to the holding of weddings lavish, shooting of film or huge, private dinner parties, while deciding in 1968, opened to the public the gardens and the house, where the owners still live there.

In July 2007, the basketball player, French Tony Parker and american actress Eva Longoria held the reception of their marriage behind closed doors, with a crowd of distinguished guests, including actresses from “Desperate Housewives”, singers and sports celebrities.

in addition, the creations of pubs, as with the house of Dior or Samsung, but also of feature-length films, a James Bond, “Marie-Antoinette” by Sofia Coppola, “Raid crazy” of Dany Boon, or even series, such as “Versailles” there are organised regularly since the 1960s. Since 2007, the association of the Friends of Vaux-le-Vicomte orchestra for a Night of the Muses, which brings together guests from diverse backgrounds, and all ages around a dinner giant in the candlelight.

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