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  • Extramural Exhibitions


    Discover the extramural exhibitions of the Palace of Versailles

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  • Charles de La Fosse, the triumph of color

    February 24 to May 24 2015

    Exhibition about one of the main creators behind the decoration in Versailles

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  • Exhibitions


    Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles

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  • The publications

    Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles

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  • The Palace of Versailles during the Great War


    Discover how the Palace of Versailles lived through the Great War

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  • The Water Theatre grove

    January 2014

    A contemporary garden for the Water Theatre grove

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  • Redevelopment of the Pavillon Dufour

    July 2014

    A new visitors’reception area

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  • Salles Louis XIV


    In prelude to the visit to the Grands Apartements, the restored Louis XIV Rooms are now open.

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  • Words of Freedom in the collections of the Palace

    Janvier 2015

    "What is Tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity" Voltaire

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  • A Hermès scarf in aid of the palace of Versailles

    the “Promenade à Versailles” Hermès scarf will help to fund the restoration of the palace apartments

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  • #MuseumWeek

    From March 23 to 29.

    During #MuseumWeek, celebrate culture on Twitter with the @CVersailles !

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  • Restoration and refurnishing

    Restoration and refurnishing works at the palace of Versailles

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  • The acquisitions of the Palace

    The last acquisitions of the palace of Versailles

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  • Archaeology in Versailles

    20 years of archaeological excavations in Versailles

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  • Symposiums, conferences and workshops

    The scientific activities of the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles

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  • Restoration of the Latona Fountain

    12 March 2013

    Restoration of the Latona Fountain

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  • Louis XV’s Choisy Commode

    February 2014

    An exceptional commode joins the collections of the Palace of Versailles

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  • Abundance Salon

    10 March 2014

    The Abundance Salon restored and refurnished

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  • Concerts in videos

    Discover the concerts recorded at the Palace of Versailles

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  • The Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

    Missions and program for the musical season

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  • Equestrian Show Academy

    A centre for equestrian shows and training, directed by Bartabas

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  • Celebrating Rameau

    Until 13 December 2014

    The music programme is dedicated to Jean-Philippe Rameau.

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  • Performing arts at Versailles

    Operas, concerts and ballets: discover the programme for the 2014-2015 season

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Lire au jardin 2012



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To mark the 10th Rendez-vous aux Jardins, the palace of Versailles is organising Lire au jardin 2012, the second Fête du Livre et de la Presse JARDIN (Festival of Gardening Books and Magazines, in French only) . This event will be held on 1, 2 and 3 June 2012 in the gardens of the Grand Trianon.

A worldwide reference for the French formal garden, the estate of Versailles also contains a great diversity of green spaces. Apart from the gardens designed by André Le Nôtre, it offers strollers the romantic setting of the English-Chinese garden of Marie-Antoinette’s estate and its more rural grasslands, undergrowth, vineyards and market gardens.

Proud of these natural riches, the palace of Versailles organised in 2011 the first Festival of Gardening Books and Magazines. Backed by numerous partners (the publishers Rustica, Le Seuil and Terre vivante, the Nature et Découverte shops, etc.), this first festival attracted a large audience that brought 26,000 visitors to the Trianon palaces, 16,000 to the exhibitors’ stands, and 1,000 participants in workshops and at lectures.


1ère Fête du Livre et de la Presse JARDIN : Stand de la librairie Maison Rustique © M. Labat First Festival of Gardening Books and Magazines
© M. Labat

This year once again, all the publications relating to gardens and the art of gardening will be in the limelight. This second festival will feature genres as varied as practical guides, books for children, illustrated books and essays on gardens, ancient treatises, books on botany and horticulture, photographs and the numerous magazines dedicated to the world of gardening.

In addition to this very comprehensive round-up of publications on nature and gardens, a wide programme of activities will be proposed: book signings, round-table discussions, gardening demonstrations and workshop, a reading area, photography exhibitions, “scent” rambles, concerts, etc.

Lire au jardin, the second Festival of Gardening Books and Magazines, will also feature the first Lire au jardin prize which will be awarded to publications in 3 categories. It will be awarded by a panel of judges based on a short list selected by a reading committee chaired by Alain Baraton, Head Gardener of Trianon and Marly, and made up of gardening book professionals.

Thanks to Mr Alain Renouf, from the Lire au jardin bookshop at 22 rue Constantine in Tours, for agreeing to share with this event the title “Lire au jardin”. 

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