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Old 02-10-2020, 04:51 AM
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it could so easily been burned to the ground or vandalized and destroyed.
The [revolutionary] National Convention did indeed intend to utterly destroy all trace of the Palace, its dependencies and its gardens [1794] - and plough the land with Salt [to make the ground infertile].

The denizens of the town , feeling [rightly] that their fate was tied to a building without which their town wouldn't even have existed, petitioned the Convention against the plan.. a vote was held and [narrowly] won, against demolition, and the authorities confined their revolutionary zeal to vandalism - with the systematic defacement and removal of all Royal symbols [Crowns, the fleur-de-lys] and monograms [entwineds 'L's], or anything denoting the former use of the building.

Any of the above symbols one sees at Versailles today, are restitutions made [largely under Louis xviii] after 1816.
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Thanks , I did nt know that... so they did vandalize it to some degree...
but not that bad as they managed to restore it for its future role as one of the biggest tourist attractions in all of Europe.
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Versailles fared better that the royal tombs at St Denis and at other churches which were violated and pillaged in acts of wanton Revolutionary destruction.Though it is miraculous that Versailles survived!
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yes St Denis was a tragedy all those Royal Tombs desecrated all that French History ...1000 years... trashed by the angry mob

The tomb of Diane de Poitier desecrated in a similar way on her estate
her body dug up and shattered.


France in the 18th century was the greatest nation on earth producing treasures in painting, ceramics and tapestry that are now some of the finest treasures of the world.... social life at Versailles was the focus and talk of all of France ... French Royalty was the model for all of Europe....


then the brutal Revolution brought that glittering and romantic world to an end and things have never been the same since .... but lets remember it was revolutionary events in America ... aided and abetted by Louis 16th ..... that inspired the French Revolution








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Old 02-10-2020, 07:11 AM
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then the brutal Revolution brought that glittering and romantic world to an end and things have never been the same since .... but lets remember it was revolutionary events in America ... aided and abetted by Louis 15th ..... that inspired the French Revolution
Yeah sure ... the good'ol and Romantic "Ancien Regime". hapiness everywhere, except those petty peasants ... but who cares isn't it ?
And it was Louis 16 th by the way.
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Old 02-10-2020, 08:18 AM
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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 .
Only parts of the park are free to the public. For the gardens directly behind the chateau and around the domain of the queen with the Grand Triannon, Petit Triannon and the Village of the Queen, you have to buy a ticket. But when you consider how much work goes into the up-keep of the baroque gardens, then it seems natural that they have to charge people for entering.

And those parts which are free still offer locals a large and beautiful area for walking their dogs, cycling and jogging.
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thanks Tilia for explaining that I dare say there s a considerable area of land taken up to accom all those coaches and cars that head there each year to what is probably the No 1 tourist attraction in Europe
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The magnificent fountains at Versailles are also being lovingly restoration.

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The chapel's lead sculptures are being restored.

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We need someone to go to Versailles with a digi camera and take a ton of photos of the gardens and if possible the Palace too....
and then upload a zip and post a link here.


Maybe June would be a good time to go.... the roses will be in bloom !


The Garden of Versailles is spread across 1,976 acres, and is one of the biggest gardens in the world. 210,000 flowers and 200,000 trees are planted annually in The Garden of Versailles.


As I said, people who live nearby are so lucky that they have one of the largest historic gardens in the world to wander around and enjoy ( not sure if dogs are allowed )



The number of visitors per year is I believe somewhere around 8 million... maybe less in the past year...... ( due to the gilets jaune )


And the Palace, so magnificent... though I dare say in summer its a case of join the queque !
The sans cullots must have been overawed by the splendour of it all and decided they could nt destroy such a French National Treasure ...
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The roses of Versailles would be beautiful to see!
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