In spite of the many royal domains which he had at his disposal, it was at Versailles, where, according to the word of Saint-Simon, there existed only a "little house of cards" which Louis XIII had made there to no longer sleep on the straw. In 1661 Louis XIV chose to build a castle worthy of its prestige. Taking over the team that built Vaux-le-Vicomte, the ruler launched the largest construction site of the century that will employ up to 36,000 workers. In 1682, the Sun King and the court officially settled in Versailles. The castle was the home of the kings of France until the revolution of 1789.

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Versailles - Visible/Invisible

14 May 2019 20 October 2019
For its 12th exhibition of contemporary art, entitled Versailles - Visible/Invisible, the Palace of Versailles is bringing together five internationally renowned photographers at the estate of Trianon from 14 May to 20 October 2019....

The intimate surroundings of the Trianon will be the setting for the Palace of Versailles' 12th exhibition of modern art. Versailles - Visible/Invisible leads us as if through the antique darkroom of five photographers: Dove Allouche, Nan Goldin, Martin Parr, Eric Poitevin and Viviane Sassen, who will unveil works they have created specially to resonate with the chosen setting. This exhibition showcases their original and often surprising perspectives on not only the palace's most well-known spaces, but also its hidden gems. The works will reveal a new Versailles, between design and heritage.


Versailles. Dreams of architectures 1660-1815

3 May 2019 4 August 2019
As part of the first Architecture and Landscape Biennial organised by the Ile-de-France Region, the Palace of Versailles is presenting a unique collection of architectural projects that were developed for the Palace and its gardens between the 17th and 19th centuries. The projects will be on show in the Upper Stone Gallery from the 4th of May to the 3rd of August 2019....

Madame de Maintenon - In the corridors of power

16 April 2019 21 July 2019
The first exhibition entirely devoted to the Marquise of Maintenon, on the tercentenary of her death on 15 April 1719, recounts the extraordinary life of Françoise d'Aubigné. She was born in a prison yet went on to become the Sun King's wife in 1683. The different stages of her life are shown in around 60 works from the collections of Versailles and other museums, including paintings, drawings, engravings, books,...

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