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Things to do in Chateau de Versailles

Best attractions to visit in Chateau de Versailles

21. The Groves - Chateau de Versailles

The Groves

The Groves in the Gardens of Versailles are very distinct from each other, each offering a completely different view and feeling to the visitor. The groves add a lot of character to the park, with some of them having a focus on nature while others on entertainment, so you will find plenty of things to do in the Groves. The Queen’s Grove had a beautiful secluded feeling to it, like you are deep into the woods, thanks to the plantations around it. The Ballroom is one of the most exquisite; it was made so the king could dance and musicians could play music. The stand for the musicians is perfect for a performance, and one can only imagine how magical it would be to dance here. The Girandole Grove is decorated with sculptures designed by great Poussin. The King’s Garden was a grove in the style of the English, but not a lot of the garden remains. The Chestnut Room was also originally much grander, with a lot of sculptures in it. The Colonnade and the Grove of Domes have both been redesigned multiple times since their inception. The Encelade Grove still has the beautiful sculpture on it which depicts the fall of the Titans. Make sure you explore all the things to do in the groves here because it is one of the main attractions in Versailles.

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22. The French Garden - Chateau de Versailles

The French Garden

Louis XV settled in the Grand Trianon and, urged by Madame de Pompadour, he decided to build a menagerie, a small farm with cows, sheep, and poultry, surrounded by vegetable gardens and orchards, which foreshadowed Marie-Antoinette’s Hamlet. The architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel attached a garden to it with constructions to taste the harvested produce. In 1749-1750 the French Pavilion was built, then the Fresh Lounge in 1753. Lattice work added a touch of great value to the decoration of this small garden, hollowed out with a basin named Evergreen. There are plenty of interesting things to do in French Garden and the layout was progressively put in place by the gardener, Belleville. Its completion coincided with the construction of the Petit Trianon from 1761 to 1768. Developing his taste for botany and agriculture, Louis XV commanded the installation of warm greenhouses and the planting of some rare flowers and plants such as pineapple and coffee trees, cactus, cultivated by the gardeners Claude and Antoine Richard and designed by Jussieu. As of 1774, the creation of the Anglo Chinese Park by Marie-Antoinette unfortunately made the king’s botanical garden disappear. Under Napoleon, the Grand Trianon was linked to the French Garden by a small bridge striding over a hollow path. So plan a visit soon!

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23. Ceres Fountain - Chateau de Versailles view 360

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Ceres Fountain

The square Ceres Fountain was spread out somewhere in the range of 1672 and 1679 by Thomas Regnaudin, after an illustration by Charles Le Brun. Ceres, the Roman goddess of harvests and corn, is situated on a bed of corn stalks, joined by cornflowers and roses. Symbolizing summer, the wellspring frames a set with those of Bacchus, Flora, and Saturn who speak to the three different seasons.

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24. Flora Fountain - Chateau de Versailles view 360

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Flora Fountain

The Flora Fountain is situated at the intersection of numerous gardens. Flora is the Roman goddess of blossoms, gardens, and spring season, and the basin symbolizes the primary period of the year. Etched by Jean-Baptiste Tuby, the goddess is set at the focal point of the basin, wearing a botanical crown.

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25. The King's Garden Grove - Chateau de Versailles view 360

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The King s Garden Grove

The King's Garden Grove was conceived in 1817 by the architect Dufour. Compelled from Louis XVIII, in an English style with numerous sublime assortments that were tragically to a great extent demolished in the tempest of 1999. Just the first establishment of the Mirror Fountain presently remains.

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26. Mirror Fountain (Bassin du Miroir) - Chateau de Versailles view 360

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Mirror Fountain Bassin du Miroir

The Mirror Fountain (Bassin du Miroir) is set up at the entrance of the King's Garden Grove and was appointed by Louis XIV in around 1702. It ran over three stages, it is confined by two mythical dragons etched by Jean Hardy. Five ways lead to it, giving it a significantly great appearance when seen from above.

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27. Bacchus Fountain - Chateau de Versailles view 360

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Bacchus Fountain

Bacchus Fountain is the equivalent of the three different fountains committed to the seasons found near the Royal Walk, and it represents autumn season. The legendary Roman figure Bacchus spread the development of vines all through the world. Lord of wine and inebriation, he symbolizes the grape gather and is encompassed by little satyrs - half kids, half goat.

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28. Saturn Fountain - Chateau de Versailles view 360

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Saturn Fountain

The Saturn Fountain symbolizes the winter season, and is set totally in parallel with the Flora Fountain in the south of the gardens. Saturn sits in the middle on a position of royalty, encompassed by cupids, on an island spotted with seashells. It was etched by François Girardon.

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29. La Petite Venise - Chateau de Versailles view 360

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La Petite Venise

This restaurant is arranged in the core of the Versailles Park, between Apollo's Fountain and the Grand Canal. La Petite Venise offers refined Italian cuisine in a rustic setting recognized as a memorable landmark.

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30. The Mirror Gallery - Chateau de Versailles

The Mirror Gallery

When you are in the palace of Versailles, you will enter a hall that will be grander than anything else in the palace. This is referred to as the Mirror Gallery, and called La Grande Galerie in French. Standing out for grandiosity is a tall order here, because the rest of the palace is amazing as well, but the gallery manages to outshine the other parts of the castle as there are so many different things to do in the Mirror Gallery. It was constructed after a victory, and was made to show off how well France was doing at the time. It was a common walkway for the people working and living in the castle, and whenever dignitaries from other countries were brought here, they would be brought in through La Grande Galerie. Even to this day dignitaries are brought through this hall due to its beauty, and you simply have to visit in order to check out all the great things to do in The Mirror Gallery. It is called the hall of Mirrors, because arches made of mirrors are its defining feature. There used to be a lot of silver furniture here as well, but they were not able to survive the wars that were fought over this palace. They were melted and sold to fund the Nine Years' War, and are just one thing among the many beautiful items lost due to wars.

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