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Old 04-04-2018, 02:05 PM
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My MAJOR problem with Versailles [which I have loved since childhood] is its hideous Entrance Facade, [cramped and composed of far too many disparate materials]. It was fine when the building was a small Hunting Lodge, but is simply inadequate for so magnificent a Palace. It is in NO WAY answerable to either the majesty of the Garden Facade,the gardens themselves or the astonishing interior.
Louis XIV should certainly have taken the advice of his architects, and demolished Louis XIII little house, and started anew, but was [uncharacteristically] clouded by sentiment, and so made an aesthetic error..

As for Buckingham Palace is is a real pity that Parliament was only[finally] persuaded to house our Monarchs properly at a time when English Architecture was well 'past its best'. Had the mid-18th century plan for a Palladian Palace [in what is now Hyde Park] come to fruition we may well have had a rival to Versailles.
As it is John Nash was a very fine 'town planner', but an indifferent architect. As a result BP is a rather crude exercise in bland 'neo-classicism', that satisfied NO-ONE, not at the time or EVER since...
Personally I think that France and Italy love beauty and that’s why their architectures are beautiful. Germany has their fairytale like castles that captures people’s imaginations. The U.K. has great castles like Windsor and has a great art collection and jewel collection but their palaces are a bit dull when comparing it to other palaces in Europe. Spain has the royal palace of Madrid.
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Old 05-04-2018, 05:47 PM
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Beautiful photos and news update on the Hamlet -

Marie Antoinette's hamlet opens to public after £326m restoration | Daily Mail Online
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The Palace of Versailles will close Saturday, December 22, as a precaution against protests.
http://www.kentucky.com/news/busines...223418965.html
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9 Royally Fascinating Facts About the Palace of Versailles (I didn't know the Hall of Mirrors had exactly 357 mirrors!)

https://mymodernmet.com/history-of-versailles-facts/
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Old 05-19-2019, 07:41 AM
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The magnificent apartment of Marie Antoinette Private have reopened following a 3 year restoration.

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2019/...te-versailles/
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Old 05-19-2019, 08:56 AM
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The magnificent apartment of Marie Antoinette Private have reopened following a 3 year restoration.

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2019/...te-versailles/
It's totally misleading. It the official apartment "Grand Appartement de la Reine" wich is reopened after several years, not the private rooms at all.
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Old 07-05-2019, 03:50 PM
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Versailles has bought back an ornate commode commissioned by Louis XV for his daughter in 1744 for €4 million.

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news...ouvre-s-expert
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Old 08-04-2019, 05:43 PM
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Wonderful video of the Trianons and Hamlet ...

https://youtu.be/cxJc-y5uI0A
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Old 01-01-2020, 04:46 PM
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Winter at Versailles - sun yesterday, fog today.

Free train travel from Paris Gare Saint-Lazare to Versailles Rive Droite because of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, but less than five euros in normal times anyway.

Short walk from the train station to the Palace complex.

Some photos I took -
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A few more photos -
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And some more -
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Fabulous pictures! Glad you are enjoying Versailles
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Old 01-01-2020, 08:05 PM
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Thank you for sharing...how I envy you!
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Old 01-02-2020, 02:24 PM
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Last day at Versailles today. A wet morning that cleared up after less than an hour.

Crowds everywhere. A backlog of tourists due to the French stike actions and Public Holidays.

Wonderful music on the people-mover taking people between the various areas.

Horses and riders in a couple of areas today.

A young lady walking her pet rabbit on a lead along the Canal yesterday.

Several older ladies happily riding their bikes about, serious older walkers getting about with their walking poles.

Joggers, children on roller-blades, a lone rower sculling away to the horizon on the water. (Came across the area were the rowing club store their boats.)

Full of locals walking the Canal and it's side sections New Year's Day.

The Grand Trianon area full of cars and people today after being so quiet and empty yesterday.

Best Wishes to you gerry. Hope you get to see it in person one day Moonmaiden23.

A few more photos - (the first is of the back of Versailles, beyond the Canal. A bit forlon, but still aligned with the Palace, Apollo Basin, Canal etc - just not dressed to impress like the front.)
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Did you hear anything on the proposed boutique hotel opening within the palace gates or is this nonsense?

https://robbreport.com/travel/hotels...illes-2888026/
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^ The renovation of the Hôtel du Grand Contrôle into a Hotel de Luxe is well underway...
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Old 01-03-2020, 07:32 PM
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Thanks for sharing. When we were there, it was pouring rain and we weren't able to get a look at the gardens, fountains, etc. Gorgeous.
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Old 01-04-2020, 01:43 PM
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Yes Duchessmary, I expected to see inside on my last day - but the crowds were too much and I had been through it in previous years, so settled for more exploration of the grounds and gardens.

And, even though it was Winter and lots of statues were covered or even removed, I still had a wonderful three days there.

No pressure to fit too much into the one day, lots of areas where there was no-one else about, a real chance to see things less dressed-up and more realistic instead of idealistic.

I especially enjoyed photographing around the Grand Trianon on New Year's Day as no-one was there - though the park was crowded with people walking the path around the canal.

And with the fog and no flower beds to distract, the whole atmosphere was somehow more real, less"presented" and I really liked seeing it that way.

Hopefully we can all return and see whatever we've missed. I've yet to see the grand fountain display days in high season, alway have been there in Autumn or now Winter, so am hoping for that chance sometime.

And to ride a bike around after seeing all the older, local ladies doing so and having a great time of it by the look on their faces!
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The restoration of the Royal Chapel of Versailles is well in progress,see the videos below.





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I think I read.... maybe years ago... that the grounds of Versailles... of course a massive acreage.... are free and open to the public
A charge is made to enter the Palace and tour in there of course.


So its a good deal for the tourist and especially for people lucky enough to live in the village of Versailles.


I think the French are lucky too that the Palace survived all those tragic and bloody years of the revolution.... it could so easily been burned to the ground or vandalized and destroyed.


The Sun King was very wise to build the Palace a healthy distance from Paris ...( 20 plus miles) ..... and the Parisian Mobs .
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