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The Gardens at Versailles

October 5, 2012

The Gardens of Versailles contain meticulous manicured lawns, parterres of flowers, fountains and numerous sculptures. The focus of the theme was on the sun god, Apollo, and other solar imagery, and it took almost 40 years to complete.

The gardens’ extraordinary beauty were supposed to represent the king’s power. The king entertained distinguished guests in the gardens and made the gardens the privileged setting of magnificent celebrations and daily strolls with his courtiers.

The view from the central window of the Hall of mirrors gives visitors a look onto a vast perspective that leads the gaze from the Water Parterres to the horizon.

These two large rectangular pools reflect the sunlight and light up the façade of the Hall of Mirrors.

The gardens contain more than 200 statues of white marble and more than 150 sculptured vases. All of them are completely unique and quite wonderful.

There are four different pools which contain sculptures representing the four seasons. The one below is Flora representing Spring.

From a far the Grand Canal looks like a long blue sheet of water. It originally took eleven years to complete from 1668 to 1679. It is a little over a mile long and was used for numerous nautical spectacles and many types of crafts were sailed on it. During the reign of Louis XVI, model ships were used to interest the King in his Navy.

The gardens overall are one of the most impressive places I have ever visited. I believe that you do not even have to like gardens to understand or appreciate the ones at Versailles.

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