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    The Apartment of the Planets : Other paintings

    by bpacker Updated Oct 31, 2004

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    As Chief Painter to the King, Charles Le Brun (1619-1690) didn't go through a permanent neck sprain to finish all those celing paintings in the state apartments. Nope, he had enough pocket change to hire a team of artists who were willing to get splashes of paint on their eyes to decorate the ceilings at Versailles. Smart fella, having being spared of neck sprain, he concentrated on his other business activities which he owned.

    Read on to see the famous Hall of Mirrors or click here

    God of War, Mars

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    The Long Room of Battle Murals@Versailles Palace

    by bpacker Updated Nov 3, 2004

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    Next, see if you'll recognise this short fellow who went on a Genghis Khan-type rampage of Europe and created a little empire for France. Interesting to note that he battled dark skinned savages on cannibilistic horses. An exaggeration of the artist, I'm sure, horses, don't go around chewing off the arms of people!

    Read on to go over to the plainer King's Apartments or click here

    Napolean, who else?

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    State Apartments : Queen's Chambers

    by bpacker Updated Nov 3, 2004

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    After passing throught the Hall of Mirrors, you'll enter the Queen's chambers next. In case you'll wondering, yes, Marie Antionette, the last queen of France slept in this red and gold room once. It was also here that she almost assassinated by an angry mob in 1789! Fortunately, those sods came to their senses only to send her to the guillotine much later...

    In any case, a potrait of M.Antionette and her children still hangs on the gilded golden walls. This painting, comissioned in an informal style with the royal children, was done in an attempt to soften her image as a frivolous free-spending queen. Well, the PR didn't work, as mentioned, she was later imprisoned and cruelly executed despite being the mother of France's royal heirs.

    Read on to see the rest of her room or click here

    Rich red and gold decor complements the painting

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    Memories of Marie Antoinette in the Queen's Apt

    by bpacker Updated Nov 2, 2004

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    Other than the painting, you'll notice the decadent decor, chintzy-looking wall paper and bedspread . Well, all that chintz are solemn reminders of Marie Antoinette actually. Apparently, the floral patterns were in vogue in Austria at that time so it's no surprise that the Austrian-born queen had her bedroom was decorated in the same style...

    Read on to see a potrait of Marie Antoinette's husband or click here

    Golden Chandeliers and Chintzy Prints

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    The King's Suite (Appartement du Roi)

    by bpacker Updated Nov 3, 2004

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    Now that you've done with the Grandeur of the State Apartments, cross over to the other block and view the King's Private Apartments. If you're holding the Versailles passport like me, saunter over to the almost empty entrance "C". You'll be greated with a smile and be given a free audioguide that is as dry as straw, but informative nonetheless.

    It'll tell you that at some point in time, Louis XIV got sick of the excesses of his Grand Apartment and built a simpler suite, known as the Appartement du Roi. You won't see painted ceilings, marble walls and other frills here. Instead what you'll see are elegantly carved woodwork in white and gold, and plain ceilings. It must have been a relief for ol' Louis. Afterall, you do get awful neck sprains glacing at the ceilings all day.

    Here's a picture of King's Bedroom with the white and gold walls that I spoke of and the plain ceilings..

    Light Streaming thru Beautiful Windows..

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    King's Apartments : Louis XIV, Zeus of France!

    by bpacker Updated Nov 3, 2004

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    Despite the determination to keep things simple in the King Apartments, King Louis' narcissistic streak still could be seen.. Yup, when you're there, you see beautiful but egocentric pictures like this. This painting in particular is found in the L'antichambre de l'Oeil-de-boeuf or simply the room where the servants waited while the King took his time to rouse from his beauty sleep.

    Over here, you see King Louis XIV and his family potrayed as Olympian deities . Of course, ol' Louis over here is the great Zeus , with a leafy crown and a golden sceptre. Quite appropriate, afterall wasn't he the Zeus of France?

    Zeus of France, King Louis XIV

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    The Apartments of the Planets : Hall of Mercury

    by bpacker Updated Nov 3, 2004

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    The rest of the salons in the State Apartments of Chateau de Versailles depicts Venus, Diana, Mars, Mercury, etc with equal brilliance on the ceilings. The picture you're looking at now is Mercury, the god of commerce. Of course, it might interest you even further to know that you're now standing in the exact spot where the coffin of Louis XIV rested for 8 days ( eeoww) after his death...

    Now, if you are wondering what kind of agony artist Le Brun must have gone through to finish all those ceiling paintings on the State Aprtments, read on or click here

    God of Commerce, Mercury

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    Weapon Square

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 10, 2012

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    The view at a palace opens from the extensive semicircular Weapon square. The palace has three court yard. The first court yard refers to as the Court yard of Ministers. In its depth there is an equestrian statue of the king-sun Lui the Fourteenth. As well as all bronze monuments the Lui has strongly become green during time. The second court yard - Royal, third court yard - Marble.

    You can watch my 1 min 48 sec Video Paris-Versailles out of my Youtube channel.

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    Capella - Chapel

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 22, 2012

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    The Capella - chapel is a palace church. The whole greatness and the monumentalism which inherent in the end of the French monarchy is expressed in furniture of the chapel. There were weddings of princes and other solemn ceremonies were conducted there.
    There is an altar in the center. A decor on themes of Old and New Testaments decorates walls. There are decorated arches, Corinthian columns and an organ.

    The present chapel of the Palace of Versailles is the fifth in the history of the palace. These chapels evolved with the expansion of the château and formed the focal point of the daily life of the court during the Ancien Régime (Bluche, 1986, 1991; Petitfils, 1995; Solnon, 1987).

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    Internal rooms

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 10, 2012

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    There are no restrictions on video shooting in Versailles, therefore I have finished shooting all internal rooms of the palace with all my pleasure.
    The internal ladder is used to rise on the second floor. The smart Royal ladder was used earlier for these purposes. It was a ladders of queen and princes.

    You can watch my 3 min 44 sec Video Versailles Palace part 2 out of my Youtube channel.

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    Plafond of the Gerakl's Interior

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 18, 2006

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    The plafond of Gerakl's Interior is decorated by a list with the image of Gerakl who is standing on a chariot, drives to an Olympus populated by gods. Apollo sits at steps in the same pose, in which Lui sat at steps near a throne. It is not surprising, that the king was delighted with a list and nominated the artist the court painter. However soon after that the author of a list Francois Lemuan committed suicide.

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    Gallery of Battles

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 22, 2012

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    During my first visiting Versailles for some reasons there was no access to the Museum of France history. But I did not know about this museum, therefore I was surprised very much, when three months later I appeared in Versailles once more and saw the continuation of survey - beautiful halls of Napoleon's victories.

    The Galerie des Batailles (Gallery of Battles) is a 120 metre long and 13 metre wide gallery occupying the first floor of the aile du midi of the Palace of Versailles, joining onto the grand and petit 'appartements de la reine'. It is an epigone of the Grande galerie of the Louvre and was intended to glorify French military history from the Battle of Tolbiac (traditionally dated 495) to the Battle of Wagram (5–6 July 1809).

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    Gerakl's Interior

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 18, 2006

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    The first room on the second floor where you get after a ladder - Gerakl's Interior. You are amazed by the impressive sizes (14 on 18 meters), a high ceiling and riches of furnish. This hall has been constructed under the instruction of Lui the Fourteenth specially for storage of masterpiece Paolo Veronese "The Meal of the Christ at Simon", that was presented by the Venetian republic to the king.

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    The doors at Versailles

    by sim1 Updated Jan 26, 2005

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    As some of you might know, I love taking pictures of doors. And the doors at Versailles are really amazing. Most of them are like this one, lusciously decorated with ornaments and gold. But some are more subtle, almost invisible disappearing in the walls. It was really fun to see all these different doors and to take a picture of some of them.

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    Details

    by sim1 Updated Jan 26, 2005

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    This is one of the details on the doors. On all of my travels I try to focus not only on the overall impression of a place but also focus on some of the details. That is often a lot of fun to do and you see the weirdest things that way. This is a little detail on one of the doors in Versailles. This is only a tiny part of the door; there were so many decorations on it. And these decorations are made perfect into the smallest details. I have to admit that everything is so heavily decorated in Versailles that I didn't know where to look anymore ;-)

    Detail of a door in Versailles
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