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Versailles - The Garden, Paris


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It is difficult to imagine the Palace of Versailles without its garden. The garden defines Versailles as much as the palace. The garden is huge. Unless you live in Paris you are unlike to visit all …

It is difficult to imagine the Palace of Versailles without its garden. The garden defines Versailles as much as the palace. The garden is huge. Unless you live in Paris you are unlike to visit all the fountains, the avenues and the groves. The garden is as much as a sculpture garden as it is as a water garden. There are many sculptures and most of them are copies or modelled from ancient Greek sculptures. The Apollo theme run through the entire garden. Starting at the Latona Fountain when he was a boy. Slaining the dragon when he was a young man, hence the Dragon Fountain. Finally in his popular role as the Sun God, driving his flaming chariot across the sky. The Apollo fountain is the focal point. It is as important to the garden as the Hall of Mirror to the palace. It connects the Sun King, Louis XIV with the Ancient Greek Sun God of Apollo. Thus connect the glory of the Sun King with the glory of Ancient Greece.

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  • 1. Versailles The GardenAll rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Availablefree for non-commercial and personal use. First created 28 Oct 2012. Version 1.0 - 6 Nov 2012. Jerry Tse. London .
  • 2. Plan Grand Canal Apollo Fountain.Groves & Gardens Royal Avenue Water Parterre Latona Fountain. Swiss Lake Neptune Fountain. Orangery Dragon Fountain. South Parterre Water Avenue The Palace North Parterre
  • 3. OrangeryThe garden was replanted recently with exotic trees to bring back its original appearance.
  • 4. The view of the Orangery before replanting. Beyond is the Swiss Lake.
  • 5. South Parterre
  • 6. Water Parterre Two large ponds near the palace.
  • 7. Water Parterre A water deity.
  • 8. Water Parterre One of the two large ponds on the Parterre.
  • 9. Water Parterre
  • 10. Grand Canal Groves & GardenGroves & Garden Apollo Latona Royal Avenue Water Parterre Looking East from the palace
  • 11. Latona FountainLatona (Leto in Greek) is a goddess in Greek mythology. Jupiter (Zeus in Greek) is the father of her twins, Apollo(Sun god) and Artemis (Goddess of Love).
  • 12. Latona Fountain
  • 13. Latona Fountain
  • 14. Latona FountainLatona had to run away from Juno (wife of Jupiter) with her children. She came across some Lycean peasants whorefused to give her any water and stirred up the mud in the well. In her anger she turned these peasants into frogs,alligators and turtles.
  • 15. Latona Fountain Latona with her son Apollo by her side.
  • 16. Latona Fountain
  • 17. Laocoon
  • 18. LaocoonThis is a copy of the ancient Greek sculpture, the Laocoon.
  • 19. Royal AvenueMany sculptures in the garden were modelled after Ancient Greek statues. This is a classic pose for Venus.
  • 20. Royal AvenueCyparissus was beloved by Apollo. He accidentally killed his tamed deer. In grief, he turned himself into a cypress tree.
  • 21. Royal AvenueThe allegorical figure of Night.
  • 22. Royal Avenue The Melancholic, 1680 The Air,1685 Ganymede,1682
  • 23. Apollo FountainA Triton announcing the arrival of Apollo.
  • 24. Apollo FountainThe Apollo Fountain is the centrepiece of the garden. It is a personification of the Sun King (Louis XIV).
  • 25. Apollo Fountain
  • 26. Apollo FountainThe Apollo driving his chariot across the sky, as he emerges from the sea.
  • 27. Apollo Fountain
  • 28. Apollo Fountain
  • 29. Grand CanalThe Grand Canal was created for water games and pleasure, as well as to provide water for the area.
  • 30. North Parterre
  • 31. North ParterreThe Siren and Tritons Fountain.
  • 32. Water AvenueThe Water Avenue on the north side of the palace, with its three fountains.
  • 33. Pyramid FountainThe first of three fountains on the Water Avenue.
  • 34. Pyramid Fountain
  • 35. Dragon FountainIn Greek mythology, Apollo killed the earth-dragon of Delphi. The main water jet rises 27m into the air.
  • 36. Dragon Fountain
  • 37. Dragon Fountain
  • 38. Dragon Fountain
  • 39. Neptune FountainAt the end of the Water Avenue is the largest fountain of the garden, The Neptune Fountain.
  • 40. Neptune Fountain
  • 41. Dragon Fountain
  • 42. Groves & Gardens Colonnade GroveThe Abduction of Proserpine byFrancois Girardon, 1675-95.
  • 43. Bacchus Avenue
  • 44. Saturn Avenue
  • 45. Ceres Fountain
  • 46. Ballroom Grove
  • 47. Bath of Apollo
  • 48. Bath of Apollo
  • 49. Sun Steeds Sun Steeds, 1668-75 by Balthazar
  • 50. Garden Island
  • 51. Garden Diana
  • 52. The Royal Avenue and Palace‘s Garden Façade The End All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective Music – The Water Music – Alla Hornpipe by owners. Available free for non-commercial and personal George Frederic Handel. use.