Le Château de Versailles / Palace

Classified for 30 years in the World Heritage List, the Château de Versailles is one of the most beautiful achievements of the French art in the XVIIth century. The old hunting lodge of Louis XIII was transformed and enlarged by his son Louis XIV who installed the Court and the government of France in 1682. Until the French Revolution, kings followed one another there, embellishing each in their turn the Castle.

Photo : Marc Vassal

View online : http://www.chateauversailles.fr/

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Quartier historique / Historic Area, Les carrés Saint-Louis

From the crossroads picturesque of the streets Royal and of Anjou, you can discover a popular urban complex of the XVIIIth century, built originally to welcome the businesses of a market. Transformed into living houses twenty years later, the constructions were heightened by a height which gives to roofs a disproportionate look. The preserved houses are a part of historic monuments.

Photo : Henry Salomé

View online : Voir le site internet

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La cathédrale Saint-Louis / The Cathedral Saint-Louis

The Cathedral Saint-Louis of Versailles, built by the architect Jacques Hardouin-Mansart de Sagonne, under Louis XV. The construction was very slow and was indeed ended only twelve years later. It was blessed in August, 1754, chosen as cathedral in the French and finally dedicated Revolution cathedral in 1843. The facade, decorated with Doric and Corinthian columns, is thrown by two bell towers. A dome of 65 m. of an arrow in the shape of baluster is put over the crossing of the transept.

Crédit photo : BenP

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Le potager du Roi / The kitchen garden of king

The Kitchen garden of King was built between 1678 and 1683 by Jean-Baptiste La Quintinie, at the request of the King. Louis XIV, Sun King, wishes a palace its measure from the small hunting lodge of his father Louis XIII. Forests and swamps which surround him(it) were to trasnformer in a garden on a unprecedented scale.
Classified as "Historic Monument" in 1926, and integral part of the site from Versailles registered on the UNESCO world heritage list, the Kitchen garden of King is opened to the public since 1991.
Cultural events take place there all year long.

Photo : Henry Salomé

View online : http://www.potager-du-roi.fr

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La Cour des senteurs / The Court of the scents

Symbolic place of the history of the perfume in France and siege of the International Higher Institute of the Perfume (ISIPCA), the City of Versailles decided to value this capital by creating a unique place of passage and urban transparency dedicated to the culture of the perfume. The " Court of the Scents " associate heritage and olfactive creation, the imagination of the landscape painters and the prestigious brands such as Guerlain, Lenôtre, Fabre and Diptych to to compose a singular universe which stages rare essences.

Illustration : Herbert Draper - 1897

View online : http://www.parfumsetsenteurs.fr

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