André Le Nôtre in perspectives
Exhibition in the Africa rooms
Discover the forthcoming exhibitions of the palace of Versailles
Equestrian Show Academy
A centre for equestrian shows and training, directed by Bartabas
Centre de musique baroque
Missions and program for the musical season 2012 - 2013
Shows at Versailles
Operas, concerts and ballets: discover the programme
Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles
Palace History Gallery
Opening of the Palace History Gallery of Versailles
A year to celebrate Le Nôtre
In 2013, the Palace of Versailles is paying tribute to André Le Nôtre, the creator of the gardens.
Versailles the other visit
A web-documentary about the unknown objects of Versailles.
The Water Theatre grove
A contemporary garden for the Water Theatre grove
Versailles in comic strip form
A co-edition palace of Versailles/Glénat
The Gabriel Chandelier
Installation of the Gabriel Chandelier, first permanent contemporary artwork
The acquisitions of the Palace
The last acquisitions of the palace of Versailles
Archaeology in Versailles
20 years of archaeological excavations in Versailles
Symposiums and workshops
The scientific activities of the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles
Restoration and refurnishing
Restoration and refurnishing works at the palace of Versailles
Restoration of the Belvedere
Restoration of the Belvedere and the Rock in the Estate of Marie-Antoinette.
Official opening of the restored and refurnished Mercury Salon
Restoration of the Latona Fountain
The apartments of Mesdames
Re-opening of the the newly restored and refurnished apartments of Mesdames
On 14 June 2012, the palace of Versailles opens to the public the Palace History Gallery, in partnership with Google.
What did Versailles look like before Louis XIV? How did the small hunting lodge of Louis XIII become the largest palace in Europe? What embellishments did the young Sun King want in his palace of festivities and amusements? Did you know that the Hall of Mirrors was originally a terrace overlooking the gardens?
The palace of Versailles is a unique place, a royal residence, a history museum and a Republican palace. But are you familiar with all the key developments of its long history? To accompany the six millions visitors from all over the world who discover it each year and enable them to better understand how it grew over the centuries, the Palace of Versailles, in partnership with Google, decided to create the Palace History Gallery.
The Palace History Gallery, which opens to the public on 14 June 2012, consists of eleven rooms which explain to visitors – as a prologue to their visit to the Grand Apartments – the richly varied functions of the places they are about to explore. The Gallery combines the presentation of the collections of Versailles with physical scale models and striking 3D reconstructions.
This presentation is backed up by a website dedicated to the history of the Palace – www.versailles3d.com – which puts at the service of the project the latest technological tools developed by Google’s engineers.
The Palace History Gallery and the website www.versailles3d.com are essential educational and cultural mediation tools designed to improve the understanding of Versailles by its visitors and by all those interested in this ancient residence of the kings of France.