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Things to do in Chateau de Versailles

Best attractions to visit in Chateau de Versailles

11. The Water Walk - Chateau de Versailles view 360

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The Water Walk

The Water Walk, or the Infants' Walk, is one of the real highlights in the north-south hub, which begins at the Neptune Fountain toward the north, crosses the Water Parterre, and closures at the Orangery and the Lake of the Swiss Guards. The Water Walk was planned by Le Nôtre as right on time as 1664 and is decorated with 14 wellsprings (1668-1670, initially made altogether of lead, however, whose figures were later cast in bronze somewhere in the range of 1684 and 1688. The basins were likewise later made in red Languedoc marble. These wellsprings highlight groups of kids, tritons, and satyrs.

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12. Dragon Fountain (Bassin du Dragon) - Chateau de Versailles view 360

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Dragon Fountain Bassin du Dragon

The alley leads to a half-moon on the Dragon Basin which represents one of the episodes of the Apollonian legend: the Python snake, which was killed by an arrow by the young Apollo. The reptile is surrounded by dolphins and Amours armed with bows and arrows, mounted on swans. The mainstream of water rises twenty-seven meters high, it is the highest fountain of the gardens of Versailles. On each side of this basin, whose central group was restored in 1889, paths give access to two groves, that of Triumphant France and to the west, that of the Three Fountains.

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13. Neptune Fountain - Chateau de Versailles view 360

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Neptune Fountain

Between 1679 and 1682, under the direction of Le Nôtre that Neptune Fountain was embraced. It was designated then as a part of water under the Dragon. A marine decoration committed to Neptune, however, the fountain as it is presently was not realized under the reign, Louis XIV. The new fountain, introduced by Louis XV, aroused admiration by the number, size, and mixture of water jets playing on the lead statues. Today, there are ninety-nine water jets that make up an extraordinary hydraulic unit.

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14. Green Carpet - Chateau de Versailles view 360

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Green Carpet

The Green Carpet goes back to the initial garden worked at the time of Louis XIII. Edged by the Royal Way at first it a steeply slanting passage around 15 meters wide and get to the excavated pool in the mid-1660s, called the Lake of the Swans, presently Apollo's Fountain.

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15. Apollo Fountain (Bassin d'Apollon) - Chateau de Versailles view 360

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Apollo Fountain Bassin d Apollon

A water highlight previously existed here in 1636, during the rule of Louis XIII, and was known as the Lake of the Swans. Louis XIV later included the astounding and well-known work in the overlaid lead of Apollo riding his chariot. This piece, worked by Tuby on a plan by Le Brun, depends on the legend of Apollo, the Sun god, and the King's symbol. It includes the god blasting forward from the water fully expecting his day by day trip over the earth. Tuby made this amazing gathering in the Gobelins fabricated in the range of 1668 and 1670 when it was transported to Versailles and set up and overlaid the next year.

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16. Grand Canal - Chateau de Versailles view 360

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Grand Canal

The Grand Canal is 1,670 meters in length. One of the greatest joys of Versailles is renting a rowing boat for 30 minutes or 1-hour with your companions or family, taking them on a beautiful tour.

The Grand Canal was conceived by André Le Nôtre's who changed the east-west point of view of Chateau de Versailles into a long open segment loaded up with light and extending the scope as far as the eye can see. The work took 11 years to finish, from 1668 to 1679.

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17. The Grand Trianon - Chateau de Versailles view 360

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The Grand Trianon

The Grand Trianon was the retreat made for Louis XIV and his Mistress. They needed a place out of court where they could skip the formalities and etiquettes of the court. Being the mistress of the king was an official position in those times, and most kings are known to have many documented mistresses, who were given respect and admiration from the society. The construction of this place was completed in 1700, though it has been restored many times since. The buildings are also peculiar for another reason; instead of being a wild show of artistic freedom the buildings are very well organized. Everything seems very geometric and straight lines are found everywhere, both in the Trianon and in the adjoining park. Visiting is regarded as one of the most important things to do in The Grand Trianon for any tourist in Versailles. King Louis XIV didn’t just come to the Grand Trianon with his mistress, he also used it as the chief place for all informal meetings. While he had to be very formal in the court, this was made as a place where he could relax with his friends. The Trianon reflects this, as instead of showing off wealth or power of the king, the whole set of buildings seems to have been made for comfort.

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18. The Grand Trianon Gardens - Chateau de Versailles view 360

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The Grand Trianon Gardens

When the Grand Trianon was being made, one thing which the architects focused on was making the view from the Trianon beautiful. Thus, it was decided that the Grand Trianon Gardens would surround the building so every window gave a beautiful view of the flowers. This design philosophy can be easily seen in the beauty of the gardens. The royals claimed that just looking at the flowers made them want to leave the building and venture outside, while visitors who came after the gardens were completed, claimed the beautiful smells were absolutely overpowering. The gardens are maintained very well till today and are a beautiful sight. There are lots of things to do in The Grand Trianon Gardens as they are vastly different from the main gardens of the Versailles. They do not focus on sculptors and fountains, and instead the focus is on the flowers, and the fragrance around the garden is amazing, which makes it a lovely place to visit. The gardens will not take too much of your time, but if you’re visiting the palace of Versailles, then these gardens are a must visit because they’re amongst most beautiful things to do in the palace. It is also a great place for a photo session.

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19. The Petit Trianon (Small Trianon) - Chateau de Versailles view 360

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The Petit Trianon Small Trianon

The Petit Trianon (which literally means little Trianon, named such because it is located next to the Grand Trianon), is a château made on the gardens of the Palace of Versailles. Its construction was completed in 1768, and it was made on the orders of Louis XV. Like the Grand Trianon, the reason of construction of this place was also the king’s mistress. To be specific, it was made for Madame de Pompadour, who was the official mistress of the king. She died before its construction could be completed, and after completion the château became the home of her successor, Madame du Barry, who was the last mistress of the king. There are plenty of things to do in Petit Trianon, and the design of the château is very interesting indeed. It was explicitly made so that the royals could have their fun, without needing to be formal at all. Marie Antoinette was known to come to the Petit Trianon a lot, because she found the court to be boring. The servants couldn't even mingle with the royals, which allowed the royals to act upon all their whims. The food, for example, was put on the table on a lower floor, which was then raised to the floor the royals were sitting waiting for food. You will find lots of interesting things to do in Château de Versailles, which is a why you should plan a visit today.

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20. The Temple of Love (The English Garden) - Chateau de Versailles view 360

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The Temple of Love The English Garden

The Gardens of France are considered to be the culmination of the best features of French Gardens. However, when Queen Marie Antoinette was getting her Hamlet built, the styles had changed. English style gardens, which are more freeform, were the trend of the period, and thus, Queen Marie Antoinette wanted the garden around her Hamlet to be English. This is how we came to have The English Garden within one of the most iconic French gardens of the world. One of the best things to do in the English Garden is visiting The Belvedere, a part of the garden, which is the best place to visit to see the full effect of the garden. Much of the gardens were not maintained and lost the original magic to which people used to flock. In 2012 the Belvedere was completely renovated and restored, and if you go there you will be able to see the original beauty of the place. The Love Temple is more famous, and whenever the Queen had her guests over or a performance was put on, it would happen in the love temple. The rock emulates natural landscapes, and the artificial cascade of water is wondrous. That is the reason so many people like to visit the garden. Marie Antoinette was forever trying to free herself from orthodoxy, and seeing this wild garden stand out from the methodological and geometric style of the French Garden represents that perfectly.

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