Records indicate that late in the decade Claude Mollet and Hilaire Masson designed the gardens, which remained relatively unchanged until the expansion ordered under Louis XIV in the s. This early layout, which has survived in the so-called Du Bus plan of c. Existing bosquets and parterres were expanded and new ones created. It provided a protected area in which orange trees were kept during the winter months Nolhac
While the attraction itself was impressive the crowds were oppressive and the logistics to visit it cumbersome.
On my most recent stay in the City of Lights, I tried a new approach. I placed myself in the hands of an organized small group program that started and ended in Paris.
When I visited Versailles in the past I had to make my own way there from Paris. This time all I had to do was reach the meeting point in central Paris in the morning, and make my own lunch arrangements.
The tour company took care of the rest. At the conclusion of the tour our small group returned to Paris together.
I was pleased with the results. I appreciated and enjoyed my visit to the hectare palatial estate much more than on most of my previous visits, and was able to discover areas open only to small escorted groups such as ours. At the train station in Versaiilles We met Herve Rudrauf, our English speaking French tour guide, by the entrance to Les Invalides RER train station in the tony seventh arrondissement near the heart of the city early morning on a spring Friday.
It was pleasantly chilly. The sky was gray and overcast, threatening rain. We were thrilled to discover there were only four of us in the daylong eight and a half hours tour. Herve Rudrauf, our tour guide, in the palace gardens Following greetings, introductions, and instructions Herve handed each of us an RER train ticket and we descended the stairs to the station platform.
A few minutes later, we boarded a crowded two level suburban train. It was necessary for our group to split up in order to find seats.
Once at the Versailles train station, we found each other and walked together to the palace entrance where, thanks to our tour, we skipped the long admission line.
We also had special access to select rooms, such as Marie Antoinette's private theater, open only to escorted visitors. A staff person provided our group exclusive access. The Royal Chapel at Versailles Despite the expedited entry and private visit, the interior of the palace was overcrowded with tourists, sometimes making it challenging for our small group to remain together, hear our guide, take photos and walk from one room to another without being separated.
That was not surprising given that some 7. Although the interior was 63, square meters large and the attraction employed as many as 1, staff, only 23, square meters of the former palace were open to the public, and some of those rooms and halls could only be visited with a guide. A representative from City Wonders indicated that as much as 70 percent of the palace interiors may be visited via an escorted tour.
Our private visit of the Royal Opera was memorable. Because of the uncertain and overcast weather it was a relatively quiet day, our guide explained to our surprise when we commented on the number of people all around us.Grotto of Thetis in Versailles Engraving Mythological - Gallery by JEAN LE PAUTRE, Paint Gallery art, Painters,Picture, Image.
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The Grotto Versailles Exhibition One of the most celebrated features of early Versailles was the Grotto of Tethys (often spelled Thetis), adjacent to the northern side of the palace. This dissertation is the study of the evolution of one monument that spans the history of the Petit Parc of Versailles from its inception under the reign of Louis XIV until the reign of Louis XVI.
I focus on the Grotto of Thetis which was conceived in and remodeled . * Hedin, Thomas. “The Parterre d'eau at Versailles: an eighteenth-century recollection.“ "Minneapolis Institute of Arts Bulletin" 65 (): * Hedin, Thomas.
“Versailles and the 'Mercure Gallant': The Promenade of the Siamese Ambassadors.“ "Gazette des Beaux-Arts" 6 pér., vol.
The rockwork grotto set in an English style bosquet was the masterpiece of Hubert Robert in which the statues from the Grotte de Thétys were réflexions sur l’imago rex et l’imago patriae au début de l’époque moderne.” (Doctoral thesis, ) Loach, J. “Le labyrinthe et l'esprit du XVIIe.“ Colloque de Versailles (). Louis. Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte - Maincy (France) | Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte 11/06/ 16h43 Bibliothéque Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a baroque. ↑ For the relation of the imagery of the Grand Trianon and Versailles, see Edward Lighthart, "Archétype et symbole dans le style Louis XIV versaillais: réflexions sur l'imago rex et l'imago patriae au début de l'époque moderne," (Doctoral thesis, ).
(avril ): * Hoog, Simone. After lunch we walked around the gardens, discovering a hidden grotto where the famous queen was said to spend quiet time alone.
We also visited Le Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette's home away from home while at Versailles; and ambled around the Hamlet, a make believe village within the estate. Lourdes, Hautes-Pyrénées: When between 11 Feb and 18 jul Bernadette Soubirous see 18 apparitions in the grotto of Massabielle along the pau river and years later this site has become the first Catholic pilgrimage in France with each year receiving between million visitors.