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fireworks over the Vaux-le-Vicomte gardens in France
March 12, 2013

Vaux-le-Vicomte Gardens, France

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

A fete like this, in the sumptuous gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte, marked the beginning of the end for owner Nicolas Fouquet in 1661. Louis XIV came, saw, and coveted; he confiscated the property and imprisoned Fouquet.

See more pictures from the March 2013 feature story "Night Gardens."

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Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, National Geographic

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