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  • Exhibitions


    Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles

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  • Extramural Exhibitions


    Discover the extramural exhibitions of the Palace of Versailles

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  • Festivities and Entertainment

    The infinite variety and ingenuity of entertainment provided at Court.

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  • The publications

    Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles

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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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  • The Coach Gallery

    Reopening on 10 May 2016

    The collection of coaches will be exhibited in an entirely redesigned space.

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  • Redevelopment of the Pavillon

    A new visitors’reception area

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  • The Queen's State Apartment

    Closed for works

    New visitor tour from 5th January 2016

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  • Versailles in photo in CDG

    A photo exhibition dedicated to the Palace of Versailles organized in the airports of Paris

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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 and workshops

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

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  • Concerts in videos

    Discover the concerts recorded at the Palace of Versailles

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  • Centre de musique baroque

    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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  • Versailles Festival 2016

    Versailles Festival 2016

    Concerts, operas, masked balls and shows : discover the programmation.

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The Cour des Cerfs restored

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Restoration of the balcony of the Cour des Cerfs




On 26 September 2011, the Palace of Versailles opened to visitors the balcony of the Cour des Cerfs (Deer Courtyard) which was completely restored and refitted thanks to the sponsorship of the Société des Amis de Versailles.

Initiated in 2009, this work forms part of a major project for the rehabilitation of the King’s small apartments and making them accessible to the public, and is a testimony to the large-scale mobilisation of the Société des Amis de Versailles alongside the Palace of Versailles.

The Cour des Cerfs offers a veritable panorama of the evolution of the decorative arts under Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. Remodelled several times, it leads to the King’s Inner Apartments and takes its name from the sculptures of deer around it. Four of these trophies in coloured terracotta and crowned by veritable natural antlers were restored in 2003 thanks to the sponsorship of Mr Hubert de Givenchy.

Work programmes carried out in recent years have restored the small apartments looking out on the Cour des Cerfs: the After-the-Hunt dining room and the Dogs Antechamber, the King’s bathroom and its special passageway, the Gilded Cabinet and the Wardrobe of Louis XVI, restored in 2010 thanks to the sponsorship of Lady Michelham of Hellingly. The restoration of the balcony around the first floor the courtyard, built for the sovereign’s personal service, completes the rehabilitation of this sector.

In parallel to the vast suites of adjoining rooms of the Grand Apartments that formed the public section of the Palace, these small apartments were reserved for the private life of the kings. Owing to their restricted dimensions and the density of their collections, they are not suitable for visitors, except for groups on guided tours.

Thanks to the work directed by Frédéric Didier, Senior Architect for Historic Monuments, a tour circuit of the outside of these private rooms along the balcony now enables small groups to see them through the windows.

See the french version to learn more about the restoration and the Cour des Cerfs.

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