Versailles Off The Beaten Path

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    Versailles and its famous treaty

    by bpacker Updated Oct 27, 2004

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    While you're in Versailles and gawking at the Hall of Mirrors, do take note that this bright and beautiful chandelier-ceilinged room is the backdrop for the one of the darkest chapter of history in mankind. Yup, I am talking about WWII and it was here that an important document ( Treaty of Versailles) was signed.
    I am talking about the the document drafted by England, France, the US and Italy, blaming the woes of WWI on Germany and making her instantly poorer by a whopping US$33billion. The Treaty was bitterly resented by the Germans, who felt they were being dictated to, and it touched off an economic collapse worse than any Germany had seen in modern times. These conditions paved the way for an upsurge of German militarism in the 1930s, which led rapidly to WWII.

    The Hall of Mirrors

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    Village of the Queen

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 18, 2006

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    The final point of a route is "Village of the Queen". It was constructed for Maria-Antoinette in the English-Chinese style - with lakes, grottoes and twisting streams. The idea of this "village" was connected with Russo's appeal "returning to the nature". There are twelve small houses, dairy and cattle-breeding farms, a dovecot and a mill in the village. They have straw roofs.

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    Water orchestra

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 18, 2006

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    The water orchestra is formed around of two greater reservoirs surrounded by statues. The greatest fountains - pools Latony, Apollo, the Dragon and Posseidon.
    However Versailles fountains work only one and a half hour per day from 16.00 till 17.30. Therefore I have not seen them in all magnificence. Here I recollected our Peterhof where fountains work all the day long in summer!

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    Water installations

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 18, 2006

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    At creation of the park huge problems were connected by that the area around Versailles was flat. So there were developed the most complicated engineering water installations - "a Marly's machine" and an aqueduct for maintenance of gardens and fountains by water. However it was nevertheless insufficiently simultaneously to include all fountains. Therefore public, examining one fountain, switched it off and passed to the following fountain.

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    Garden

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 10, 2012

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    The southern orchestra of the park which has stretched under apartments of the queen, is decorated by short-haired box trees in the form of pyramids. It is adjoined with an orange and palm grove. Palm trees stand in tubs in summer. 1200 orange trees and palm trees are removing in a greenhouse in winter.

    You can watch my 1 min 42 sec Video Versailles Park part 2 out of my Youtube channel.

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    Trianons

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 22, 2012

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    Further the way lays near the Big Channel to Big and Small Trianons. These are the small palaces which are being the bottom part of the Versailles park. Usually tourists are left with forces, and they come back to the main building. Don't make it! Go further!
    The Grand Trianon was built in the northwestern part of the Domain of Versailles at the request of Louis XIV, as a retreat for the King and his maîtresse en titre of the time, the marquise de Montespan, and as a place where the King and invited guests could take light meals (collations) away from the strict étiquette of the Court.

    The Grand Trianon is set within its own park, which includes the Petit Trianon (the much smaller château built between 1762 and 1768 during the reign of Louis XV).

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    The Grand Trianon

    by shdw100 Updated Aug 21, 2003

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    King Louis XIV wanted a place to escape the everyday duties of political and royal life, so he purchased a village close to the Chateau, then demolished it and put up some "small" apartments to accomidate him and his family. Kind of a get away from it all type of place. The Trianon actually consists of 3 separate buildings, but linked together: The Porcelain Trianon, the Marble Trianon, and the Trianon-sous-Bois. When visiting, you can view all of these buildings. The Trianon-sous-Bois has special significance because ever since president Charles de Gaulle, one wing has been reserved for the head of state of France.

    Marble Portico

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    Le bassin d'Apollon

    by shdw100 Written Aug 21, 2003

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    Off to one side of the Chateau lies Apollo's fountain (Le bassin d'Apollon) Here is a brief description as given from the website below :
    The story of Apollo illustrates the solar myth and governs the subjects of statues and fountains along the main axis of the gardens. The large basin at the western end is adorned with Apollo's chariot the sun god can be seen emerging from the waves at dawn, beginning his daily path. Nearer to the chateau is Apollo's mother, Latona, who dominates the central fountain. The cycle terminated in the Grotto of Thetis, where the north wing now stands; it showed the god being tended by nymphs in the evening, as depicted in Fran?ois Girardon's masterpiece of sculpture (now in the Baths of Apollo).

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    Town of Versailles

    by shdw100 Written Aug 21, 2003

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    If you get a chance to explore the town of Versailles, take it. There is much more than just the Chateau there. We found some wonderful shops and old churches to explore as well. It was facinating just being with the people and exploring.

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    Théâtre Montansier

    by Nemorino Updated Mar 10, 2014

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    Across the street from the café/brasserie “Le Bassin de Neptune” is the municipal theater or Théâtre Montansier. This theater from the fourth quarter of the eighteenth century is listed as a French Historical Monument, which is why you can find its location and a photo on monumentum.fr.

    Unfortunately I was not able to attend a performance here, because I already had other plans for the one evening that would have been possible, but I am posting it here anyway for future reference.

    Second photo: Entrance to Théâtre Montansier.

    Third photo: When I stopped by the Théâtre Montansier they were advertising a play by Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793) called “One of the last evenings of the Carnival”, which they described as “a magnificent comedy created in Venice on February 23, 1762 for the festival of the Carnival. An authentic masterpiece, little known, with bitter sweet tonalities…” This would have interested me because a number of Goldoni's plays were made into operas during the 18th century.

    Address: 13 rue des Réservoirs – 78000 Versailles
    Directions: Location and photo on monumentum.fr
    Phone: 01 39 20 16 00
    Website: http://www.theatremontansier.com/

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    Setting up the stage for Goldoni, Verona tip by Nemorino


    Next: Paris to Versailles and back on the RER C line

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    Antoinette as country mouse???

    by lohki Updated Dec 10, 2005

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    I wouldn't try to walk all the way out to Marie Antoinette's hameau, but if you're on a bike or in a car this area was a hoot. Kind of like a "Disneyland" dairy farm. I highly doubt that Miss Marie ever got her hands dirty, but she sure longed for the simple peasant life.
    Ahhhh that we could all be as fortunate to construct our own fantasy playground.
    (I would build a Tiki oasis with tiled pool, palm trees, fire and waterfalls!)

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    Temple of Love.

    by lohki Written Dec 10, 2005

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    Must be said in your best "Barry White" voice.
    Can be seen by going around behind the Petit Trianon.
    This area of Versailles is graceful, and intimate.
    Travelling out this way is a nice change from the flashbulbs and tour guides that is
    The Chateau!

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    hotel de ville

    by gwened Updated Aug 10, 2012

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    hotel de ville or my city hall, once a nice palace for the prince of Conti, and then the seat of government for the city of Versailles. Once past the staircase with the nice statue upstairs is gorgeous.
    many past by it but dont go in, its a public place. 4 ave de Paris. corner with rue gral de Gaulle. just off your right out of train station rive gauche.

    you know it actually started in 1670 with a nice mansion that extended all the way to where the palace pl d'armes is today! it was sold and eventually in 1723 was purchase by Louis XV to house Louis IV Henri de Bourbon-Condé, duc de Bourbon, Grand Maître de sa Maison. The head master of the house of Bourbons; the city is the owner since 1859, it was completely demolish in 1899 by the then mayor,and was redone a nouveau following the same lines until finally open in November 18, 1900.

    It has beautiful paintings and glorious rooms such as the salle de réception,(reception room), the salle des mariages( marriage room) ,and the hall d'honneur (main honor room)

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    La Grande Salle de Spectacle

    by hquittner Written Mar 1, 2008

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    The only way you can get to visit the Opera Royale is to take an extra-fee guided tour, as we did. You also go to see the King's "Petits Apartments". (Please forgive the lack of color because the light was dim, (no flash) and the little color I captured has faded). Actually the structure was a rush job and was built of wood with over painting to imitate green and pink marble. The curtain is an intense light blue. The wood produces, it is said, remarkable acoustics. The hall is elliptical in shape with two levels of dress circle and no balcony. Of course there is a royal box at the back. It was finished in 1770 (architect Jacques-Ange Gabriel who did the Petit Trianon) for the wedding of the Dauphin to Marie-Antoinette. There is a backdrop (hidden) that carries the two-tier pattern around the stage. The orchestra seats were removed thus converting the theater in an enormous ballroom with celebrity boxes. After the Revolution,the theater was emptied in this manner and used for the National Senate causing damage that was only repaired much later. I wonder when and if operas are presented now and how one would get tickets and at what cost? I cannot find another Tip on this.

    The Horseshoe of Boxes The Royal Box Near the Stage The Ceiling Mural
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    View the Chapel from the Inside

    by hquittner Written Mar 2, 2008

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    The only way you can visit the Baroque chapel other than peeking in from the upper vestibule behind the King's pew, is by taking a guided tour (fee) offered at the admissions area. This allows you to see the masterpiece of Mansart (finished by his brother-in-law in 1710). Unlike most churches the location of the King's pew has displaced the organ to the depth of the chevet. There is a finely wrought marble Altar by Van Cleve which is faced by a gilded bronze Pieta by Vasse. The lower level has a flat heavy arcade faced by bas reliefs by all of the famous sculptors of the time. The upper level is supported by fluted Corinthian columns. The ceilings are covered by paintings.

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