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Nov 3, 2012 - Vincennes and the Metro

Rainy morning heading to Vincennes Castle via the metro. This started as a hunting lodge in the 12th century. A keep was started nearby that was completed in 1370. A protective wall and 9 towers were built around the keep and manor. A Holy Chapel was added. Monarchs took refuge here during the 16th & 17th centuries. Vincennes lost its status as a Royal residence in 1682 wLouis XIVsXIV settled in Versailles in 1682. Napoleon leveled the wall towers to adapt the site for artillery use. It was used as a prison until after WWII. The graffiti...

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