Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

Ile-de-France Sights

Château de Maintenon

  • 2 pl. Aristide-Briand Map It
  • Maintenon
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Updated 03/17/2014

Fodor's Review

This regal structure once belonged to Louis XIV's second wife, Françoise Scarron—better known as Madame de Maintenon—whom he married morganatically in a secret ceremony in 1684 (as a social inferior, she could not claim a royal title). She had acquired the château as a young widow 10 years earlier, but, despite her love of the place, she lived here only at brief intervals. A round brick tower (16th century) and square 12th-century keep give the ensemble a muscular

dignity. Mirrored in a canal that contains the waters of the Eure, this is one of the most picturesque châteaux in France. Inside, lush salons are done up in the Louis XIII style (or rather, in the Second Empire, 19th-century version of it), an homage to royal roots created by the Ducs de Noailles, one of France's most aristocratic families, which has maintained Maintenon as one of its family homes for centuries.

Read More

Sight Information


2 pl. Aristide-Briand, Maintenon, 28130, France

Map It



Sight Details:

  • €7.50
  • Apr–Jun., Wed.-Mon. 10:30–6; Jul.-Aug., daily 10:30–6; Oct.–Nov., Wed.-Mon. 2–5.

Updated 03/17/2014


Map View

Map of

What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?




Don't Miss