The Donjon of Vez:
History, Architecture, Art & Nature

A few miles from Villers-Cotterêts stands the Donjon de Vez, an imposing fortress classified as Monument Historique as early as 1906 towering over the Automne valley. Located at an altitude of 110 meters above sea level, Vez's strategic position made it a military outpost during the Roman empire (I-V century AD), the capital of the Valois for 5 centuries and then a strategic stronghold during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453), fortified by Louis d'Orléans in 1386 and hosting Joan of Arc in 1430 shortly before her arrest in Compiègne in 1431.

An essential part of the French heritage due to its history and well-preserved architecture, the Donon de Vez became in 1987 a location dedicated to Contemporary creation. Keeping with the ideas of Léon Dru, owner of the Donjon in the 19th century who hired Gustave Eiffel and Emmanuel Frémiet to decorate the site, the current owner has gathered the greatest contemporary artists around the Donjon since 1987. Its minimalist garden - designed by Pascal Cribier and labeled Jardin Remarquable - hosts a collection of monumental artwork, and its sculptures park, alternating undergrowths and clearings, invites to the discovery of pieces of art nested in nature or echoing its feodal architecture.



European Heritage Days 2023

15 September 2023
During the European Heritage Days 2023, on Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th of September, the Donjon de Vez will be open from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM and the entrance is free for all visitors under the age of 20.  

2023 season : the Donjon de Vez will reopen on Saturday the 17th of June

14 March 2023
The Donjon de Vez will be open to the public starting on Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th of June, and then on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th of June. During the months of July, August and September, the Donjon will be open every day. Durin …

Holiday wishes

18 December 2022
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