Versailles, France

The Gardens, Statues, and The Foutains

About Versailles.

In French it is known as the Chateau de Versailles. It is located in the city of Versailles, about 10 miles away from Paris. It was built between 1631 and 1634. It was originally a retreat for Louis XIV.

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The Gardens

In 1661, Louis XIV commissioned Andre Le Notre to design and lay out the gardens of Versailles, which some thought was as important as the Chateau. Andre Le Notre also worked with Jean-Baptiste Colbert, and Charles Le Brun. Versailles is one of the most famous gardens in the world, it was designed as a center of government for Louis XIV. It also features famous fountains, hills, rocks and streams. The petite trianon was given to Marie Antoinette in 1774

Marie Antoinettes garden "The Petite Trianon"

The Fountains

The Latona Fountain

Illustrates the legend of Apollo’s mother. The rocks were originally placed in 1670, the arrangement was modified again in 1687 and 1989

The Pyramid Fountain

The pyramid in the centre took three years to build. It consists of bowls lead by triton , Dolphins and crayfish.

The Dragon Fountain

The Water Path begins with the half-moon of the Dragon Fountain. The water jet rises twenty-seven meters into the air. On either side of the fountain, paths lead to the two Groves, France Triumphant and the three fountains to the west

The statues

The Rivers

Bronze statues symbolizing the four great sea-going rivers of France and its next four principal rivers adorn the Water Parterre. To identify the river the sculptor of Loire highly appreciated vegetables by the Court in the 17th century in the Loire Valley

The seasons

The seasons is a group formed part of the series of 24 statue figures commissioned by Colbert in 1674. Originally intended to adorn the Water Parterre. The seasons are represented by figures of men and woman identifying each season, winter, spring summer, and fall

America

This statue is also known as the Allegorical Statue of Continent. At the time this statue was built, America was seen by Europeans as 'The Country of Indians'. Told to be carrying a bow and arrow, wearing feather headdresses.