Despite its stunning perch atop a hill overlooking the Seine Valley, the Renaissance chateau at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, home today to France’s renowned National Archaeological Museum, does not fit into most Paris tourist agendas.

Pressed for time, visitors prefer to see the nearby Versailles Palace, which, as the seat of the pre-revolutionary French court, is far grander, and in the popular mind more historically important – among other things, it was the site of the famous peace treaty that concluded World War I in 1919.

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