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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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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