Filming and shooting

Take advantage of an exceptional setting for your filming and photo shoots! The château de Vincennes is a national domain: the use of its image is regulated. Discover here all the information you need to know.

  • Sainte-Chapelle: 300 m² (200 people seated - 250 people standing)
    Keep: 2 rooms of 100 m² (80 people on the 1st floor and 50 people on the 2nd floor); Courtyard of 580 m² (200 people in cocktail format)

  • Sainte-Chapelle and keep (tower, walkway and courtyard)

  • Open all year round

  • Outdoor car park (owned by the Service Historique de la Défense)


The Centre des Monuments Nationaux offers your film crews access to a unique collection of monuments whose diversity reflects the richness of France's heritage.

With its 50-metre-high keep and its Sainte-Chapelle, this fortified castle with its centuries-old history is a must for filming films, series, documentaries, commercials, music videos and photo shoots.

Filming conditions

Requesting permission to film: it's compulsory!

All filming, whether photo or video, must be authorised by the monument. This agreement may be given for a fee or free of charge, depending on the intended use of the images (commercial or non-commercial).

The temporary occupation permit issued to you will include specifications setting out the rules to which filming must conform for reasons of personal safety and security.

All requests for filming must be sent to our services at least one month in advance.

In the case of filming with a drone, specific authorisations must be obtained (see below).

Respect for people and property

When you are filming, you must take care not to damage the collections or the premises.

You undertake to keep the areas used for filming and their installations, both indoors and outdoors, in an impeccably clean and well-maintained state.

You are responsible for any accident, damage or disturbance of any kind caused by your team within the monument. The Centre des Monuments Nationaux shall not be held liable in the event of the disappearance or deterioration of equipment in the premises made available under the filming permit.

In the event of an incident, you will be responsible for any diagnostic and repair costs chosen and appointed exclusively by the services of the Centre des monuments nationaux or Architecte des Bâtiments de France.

The right to the image of individuals present within a monument.

It is forbidden to film or photograph visitors or members of staff in an identifiable manner without their formal authorisation.

Use of drones

Prior requests

Flying over all or part of the monument by drone is subject to theprior agreement of the central security officer of the Service Historique de la Défense (Ministry of the Armed Forces ), then to the agreement of the Prefect of Val-de-Marne.

This authorisation, together with your insurance certificate, pilot certificate and flight plan, must then be sent to us.

Flying rules in the monument

The aircraft must not fly in the presence of the public to avoid any risk of impact in the event of a fall.

You must take every precaution to ensure the safety of those present on the site (staff, companies, the public). To this end, you must agree with our services on the choice of times, areas to be covered and any markings to be put in place during filming.

Use of the monument's image for commercial purposes: strict legislation

The Château de Vincennes is a French monument classified as a Historic Monument and managed by the public administrative establishment "Le Centre des monuments nationaux", under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture. Since 2021, the Château de Vincennes has also been a "national estate" under decree no. 2021-1174 of 10 September 2021, which recognises it as having "an exceptional link with the history of the Nation".

As a result, and with reference to article L621-34 of the French Heritage Code, the use of images of all or part of the Château de Vincennes national estate and the collections it contains for commercial purposes is subject to authorisation from the administrator of the Sainte-Chapelle and the Donjon, and from the Service Historique de la Défense, and may involve the payment of a fee. This applies to all images, including those taken from the public highway.

This means that you may not use the image of the monument on a commercial product (cover or inside pages of a book, postcard, derivative product, painting, etc.) or on any communication medium (poster, flyer, social networks, website, etc.) aimed at promoting a company or a product, without having made a prior request to our services and without having paid a potential royalty or filming fee.

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