The key to the Petit Trianon. Given to Marie-Antoinette by her husband Louis XVI in June of 1774. When he gave it to her there was a ribbon on it with 531 diamonds.
The key to the Petit Trianon. Given to Marie-Antoinette by her husband Louis XVI in June of 1774. When he gave it to her there was a ribbon on it with 531 diamonds. by G27 on Indulgy.com
Boiseries in the Private apartments of King Louis XV at Versailles. The suite is exquisite but fragile, because Louis undermined it's structural integrity by constant remodeling throughout his life. The rooms were built in the space once occupied by the famous but structurally unsound Staircase of the Ambassadors. Jeff
Versailles, both in the age of Louis XIV and now, is a very public place. Tens of thousands of people called it home back in the age of kings and today thousands of visitors come daily. We got to witness this on a VERY crowded Sunday when we visited during Heather's and my trip to Paris as you can see below.Levels of security exist even outside of the Palace walls. I particularly loved these wood guard stations disguised as tents: a technique copied at palaces around Europe in the 18th…
Piscine de Louis XIV
Creusée dans un bloc de marbre de Rance, une coûteuse piscine octogonale (elle coûta 15 000 livres !) munie d’une banquette qui permettait de se baigner tout en devisant. Cette piscine était encastrée dans le sol et alimentée en eau chaude ou froide par des tuyaux venant d’une chaudière et d’un réservoir situés derrière le mur du fond du cabinet. L’évacuation des eaux se faisait vers un étang au delà de l’Orangerie. La piscine a occupé cet emplacement de 1672 à 1678. Cette année-là elle a…
Apartments assigned to Axel Fersen
During the reigns of Louis XIV and Louis XV this was the chambers of the first valet. It was these rooms that Count Fersen stayed in when he visited Versailles - Louis XVI had his first valet housed elsewhere. Count Fersen himself even noted in a letter to his friend Josephine on 3 March 1787: "Plan of living up stairs". Also, his rooms are located above the Queen's private apartments.