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The Grand Trianon

October 9, 2012

(This is the last post about Versailles, I swear). The Grand Trianon is probably the most refined group of buildings anywhere in the domain of Versailles. It is famous for its orderly, geometrical French-style gardens but what strikes me the most are the pilasters that give its façades their rhythm. These pilasters are also why the building is known as the “Marble Trianon”.

This colonnaded portico divides the palace through the middle and links the courtyard and gardens; opening it up to the outdoors. The portico provides the Grand Trianon with the transparency that makes it so original: visitors walk from the courtyard into the gardens without noticing.

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