Versailles | The palace and gardens as you have never seen them before

7060 VERSAILLES OTHONIEL Versailles | The palace and gardens as you have never seen them before

Have you already admired the splendour of the Galerie des Glaces at the Palace of Versailles and imagined witnessing the king’s awakening as you contemplated his bed? Do you believe that Versailles has surrendered all its secrets? You should know that you could spend days and days visiting this fabulous estate. Here are just of few examples of life at the palace that you have surely yet to experience.

Discover contemporary art in Versailles

Of course, Versailles is a 17th and 18th century gem in which you can admire all of the know-how that made France’s reputation around the world, but today the Palace of Versailles is opening itself up gracefully to contemporary art and the confrontation is a daring one. The palace, and in particular the famous Galerie des Glaces have already been the setting for important contemporary exhibitions with the presentation of works by Jeff Koons or Haruki Murakami. The institution is tireless in operating temporary pathways, such as the exhibition “the 18th century at the source of design” which demonstrate the origins of today’s shapes by presenting the technical and creative prowess of another time. 2014 was also the opportunity to welcome a new contemporary work within the gardens of the palace. To restore life to the Bosquet du Théâtre d’Eau, the landscaper Louis Benech, already credited with reorganising the Tuileries Garden, called upon the artist Jean-Michel Othoniel to carry out sculpture fountains in homage to the ballets given by Louis XIV.

Watch a beautiful show like the kings used to do

At the time of the kings, parties and performances enchanted Versailles, making it a genuine laboratory for artistic creation. Today, the palace has not cut itself off from live performance and welcomes within its unique settings of the Opéra Royal or the Chapelle Royale exceptional operas, concerts and ballets. Summer is also the opportunity for major outdoor shows. Apart from the Grandes Eaux Musicales which set the fountains and pools to music, fireworks displays and open-air shows punctuate life on the estate so you can almost touch courtly life during the days of royalty.

Visit the new rooms

With a permanent view to sharing with the public, the Palace of Versailles restores and opens new rooms to the eyes of visitors. So we can often discover new exhibitions themes and works that have never been displayed before. Little by little, the palace shows us new facets of the very fructuous 18th century.

Take a trip to Normandy

Versailles is of course in the greater Paris area but you need only go to the bottom of the park, to Marie-Antoinette’s estate, to discover the Hameau de la Reine (The Queen’s Hamlet), imagined as a picturesque farm that is created in the spirit of a Norman village. There the queen left the splendour of Versailles for a rustic lifestyle, surrounded by animals. The quiet and peaceful atmosphere that is so particular to the hamlet gives us a glimpse of the quality of life that reigned at the time in this farm which supplied the palace kitchens.

Full information is available on www.chateauversailles.fr

Place d’Armes 75008 Versailles.  Daily: Apr-Oct: 9 am-6.30 pm. Nov-March: 9 am-5.30 pm. Closed on Monday


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7060-VERSAILLES-OTHONIEL : Source : Othoniel Studio

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