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Chateau de Versailles Gardens

Listed under Gardens in Paris, France.

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The sumptuous Hall of Mirrors is haunted by the ghosts of the royal family, from Louis XIII to Louis-Philippe: 250 years of tragedies and fêtes in which the brilliance of the Sun King, Louis XIV, dominated. The gardens are adorned with hundreds of statues spread around some of the most beautiful fountains your eyes will ever see. Be sure to arrive in time for the fountains dancing to music, usually at 11 a.m.. Don’t miss the pink marble Grand Trianon and the rustic Petit Trianon, so dear to the heart of the queen Marie-Antoinette.

36,000 people were employed to build the palace. It was started in 1660 and finished in 1685 by Louis LeVau and Jules Hardouin-Mansart. André Le Nôtre designed the gardens and in 1677 Louis XIV moved the court there.

You cannot believe how impressive this palace is until you have seen it for yourself. Versailles is the most famous garden in the world. Yet ‘garden’ is scarcely a fitting description. The scale is monumental. Versailles was designed as a palatial centre of government for an absolute monarch, Louis XIV. It is resplendent as the prime example of the French Baroque style. Walpole saw Versailles as ‘the gardens of a great child’. Avenues project from Louis XIV’s palace towards distant horizons, enfolding town, palace, garden and forest. There are immaculate parterres, great basins, an orangery, a vast collection of outdoor sculpture and some of the grandest fountains which have ever been made plus a grand canal.

The park and garden were designed by Andre Le Nôtre between 1661 and 1700. The Grand Trianon, another formal garden, was built on the site of a former village. Versailles also has later additions. The Petit Trianon was given to Marie-Antoinette in 1774. She favoured the irregular style, with hills, rocks and streams.

Written by  Donna Dawson.

Other expert and press reviews

“The Gardens of Château de Versailles”

Outraged that his own finance controller had created a grander garden at Vaux-le-Vicomte than anything the king himself owned, Louis XIV commissioned Château de Versailles, a palace surrounded by a park that became the epitome of the French baroque gard… Read more...

Written by  Kent Ross.

“Excerpt from 'Facelift to put shine back on Sun King's folly'”

By Jon Henley for The Guardian First published November 1, 2003 ...Versailles, aptly described by Voltaire as "a masterpiece of bad taste and magnificence", emerged over decades, as Louis XIV - jealous of one of his minister's country pads at… Read more...

Written by press. Full Article from The Guardian

“The Glory of France, Restored to Louis XIV’s Glittering Ideal”

By Alan Riding for The New York Times First published June 26, 2007 VERSAILLES, France, June 25 — For much of the last three years visitors to the Château de Versailles have had good reason to feel disappointed: The Hall of Mirrors, the palace’s most g… Read more...

Written by press. Full Article From The New York Times

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U.N.F.O.R.G.E.T.A.B.L.E!!!!!

I have to come again! :D I loved it and its worth a visit! I love France and this is the thing that i will remember always! Greetings for all the good staff! :D

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Did you go to the Nocturnal Spectacular in the evening? It's a fireworks display over the fountains - really beautiful.

How many fountains are there in the gardens?

I've got a school project on the palace and that is one of the quesions. Thanks! P.S. I need it by Thursday Dec. 10 2009. :)

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Hi Alex, if you find out can you let us know as well? It's probably on the Chateau de Versailles website.

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