The Restoration of the Roofs at Vaux-le-Vicomte Ends with the Dome

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
in 2010 (before the restoration of the Dome)
Photo : Didier Rykner

5/11/12 - Restoration - Vaux-le-Vicomte, château - Historically and artistically, Vaux-le-Vicomte is certainly the most important private château in France. For over four generations now, the Vogüé family has taken care in maintaining and restoring this immense domain and keeping it open to the public.

The result of five years of work, the restoration of the château roofs has just finished with the completion of the dome (see video). We know that Fouquet’s fall from grace had prevented the completion of its interior decoration prepared by Charles Le Brun. The exterior, topped with a roof lantern, is covered in curved slate tiles adapted to the shape of the dome which were entirely replaced under the management of the chief architect for historical monuments Lionel Dubois. This new roof should prevent the château from facing any major problems for the next 130 years.
Visitors can climb to the top of the monument to see the results for themselves. In passing, they will also glimpse the extremely high quality of the original framework.

Le dôme de Vaux-le-Vicomte restauré par latribunedelart

The maintenance of such a monument as this one and its park is a bottomless pit. Despite government funding, it is constantly in the red. The château would therefore like to enlist the help of contributing patrons. We will soon return to these questions by following events at the château more closely. Thanks to the Amis de Vaux-le-Vicomte, the château adds art works to its collections on a regular basis, acquisitions which we will also cover here in an upcoming news item.

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Didier Rykner, samedi 3 novembre 2012

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