From 19 November 2019 to 15 March 2020, the Africa and Crimea Rooms will play host to the “Versailles Revival” exhibition, looking at how, between 1867 and 1937, the Palace ignited passions for Versailles in its Ancien Régime version as it underwent an extensive programme of restoration and refurbishment.
Life of the estate
Experience the restoration site
More than forty years after its last major restoration, the Royal Chapel is requiring an urgent intervention on the roof timbers, the roof and decorative lead work, the statues and the window frames and stained glass. Follow the live of the restoration of this architectural masterpiece.
The Palace of Versailles presents many operas, concerts, gala evening and ballets in some of its exceptional sites as the Royal Opera and the Royal Chapel. In May 2020 we will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the inauguration of the Versailles Royal Opera : discover the 2019-2020 musical season programme.
Discover the virtual exhibition "Sciences at versailles". Many of the most acclaimed scientists were part of the Court, and others came to Versailles for the ultimate honour of performing a demonstration for the king, the equivalent of a Nobel Prize.
The Palace of Versailles invited electronic music composer Thylacine to spend a day and three nights recording in full immersion to the sounds of Versailles: clock movements, harpsichords, locks, creaking floors… a variety of sounds were picked out to compose “Versailles”, a new and original piece of music, available to listen to from 4 July 2019.
The organ of the Royal Chapel sits on the gallery above the altar in a splendid array of gilding and sculpted decoration. Its fascinating history, which began in 1679 long before the construction of the final chapel, continues today thanks to the skilled hands of those who play and maintain it.
Operas in concert version
Friday 24th january 2020
he death of the composer in September interrupted the production of his lyric tragedy, which was only saw the light of day two centuries later! This magnificent opera is certainly the most accomplished of Rameau’s works, composed as he was aged eighty and in full possession of his creative means: the composition for orchestra and choir is highly virtuoso, the melodic invention exceptional, the drama powerful: a true musical testament.