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Two weeks later Fouquet was arrested. He was never to leave prison alive.It may have been under threat of abandon or destruction, but Vaux-le-Vicomte has survived, thanks to the unfailing determination of three centuries of dedicated individuals.
Resplendent today as it was in former times, Vaux-le Vicomte stands as a symbol of the intelligence, taste and independence of its creator, Nicolas Fouquet.
August 17, 1661
It was a beautiful summer's day. Nicolas Fouquet and his wife officially opened Vaux-le-Vicomte in the presence of the King, who had expressed a desire to see the recent improvements, together with the Queen Mother and part of the Court.
After Nicolas Fouquet was arrested and imprisoned for life, and his wife exiled, Vaux-le-Vicomte was place under sequestration. The King seized, confiscated, and occasionally purchased, 120 tapestries, the statues, all the orange trees and much more besides. Madame Fouquet had to wait patiently for ten years to recover her property and she retired there with her eldest son
The text about Vaux-le-Vicomte was taken from Vaux-le-Vicomte official site.