Château de Vincennes | Exhibition

Tree of life - Joana Vasconcelos

Spring 2023

1 avenue de Paris - 94300 Vincennes

94 - Val-de-Marne

Château de Vincennes - Sainte Chapelle


As part of the France-Portugal 2022 season, the Sainte-Chapelle, a  jewel of Gothic architecture, in the Château de Vincennes, is hosting a huge 13-metre-high laurel tree, adorned with 100,000 hand-woven and embroidered leaves in a mixture of red, black and gold.

This impressive installation titled Tree of life is the work of Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos,who wanted to recall the past of the place and in particular Queen Catherine de Médicis.

Joana Vasconcelos was in 2009 the first woman artist to exhibit in another prominent Parisian monument: the Palace of Versailles.

On show in spring 2023.


All public

Prices and times

From 10.30am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5.30pm until 22 September. From 23 September: from 10:30 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 4:30 pm. Closed on 25 December and 1 January.


Methods of payment

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard
  • Traveler's Cheques
  • Chèque Vacances

Château de Vincennes

A royal residence on the edges of Paris.
The Château of Vincennes was used as royal residence from the 12th to 18th century and it has preserved its medieval towers, the Sainte-Chapelle and the 14th century keep which is the highest of its kind in Europe. In 1365, Charles V, King of France, transformed the family manor house at Vincennes into a more suitable royal dwelling and built the present keep to house his art collection and manuscripts. From the early 15th century to the 1800s, the keep was used as a prison, a symbol of absolute State power, which saw the imprisonment of famous figures such as Fouquet, the Marquis de Sade, and Mirabeau. The Sainte-Chapelle started in 1379 offers to the public a remarkable decorative ensemble and realised the dreams of King Charles V to add a truly exceptional religious edifice to this impressive fortress. Visit the gatehouse parapet and discover the two offices of the King’s secretary. In the Sainte-Chapelle, the sacristy, attics and Treasury are now open to visitors.

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Château de Vincennes

1 avenue de Paris
94300 Vincennes

  • Subway - Château de Vincennes
  • RER - Vincennes
  • Bus - 56, 115
  • By car: On the périphérique (Paris ring road), take the exit for Porte de Vincennes or Porte Dorée

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Hearing Hearing
  • Mental Mental
  • Physical Physical
  • Visual Visual

Access facilities

  • Adapted activities and visits
  • Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof
  • Free admission for the accompanying person

Accessibility information

-Physical disability: free parking next to the Parc Floral, possible for a quick drop off (please state and organize when reserving). The Château de Vincennes is partially accessible (outside areas, ground floor from donjon). Accompanying person required (cobbles, 4% inclining slope). The donjon floors and châtelet are not accessible. Adapted toilets available.

Find out all you need to know about accessibility in France's National Monuments
You can download the brochure presenting the various tours on offer for disabled people in the 12 national monuments in Paris and the Paris region by visiting the 'Contacts par Région' tab.

Contact :

Centre des Monuments Nationaux Pôle Île-de-France
22, avenue Victoria - 75001 Paris

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