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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 Belvedere and its Rock restored



The project

On 6 June 2012, the palace of Versailles officially opened the Belvedere and its Rock, restored after a year of work.

The Belvedere and its Rock are located in the Country Garden or English Garden of Trianon, laid out in the 1780s for queen Marie-Antoinette, in the style of landscape gardens, in which the picturesque combination of the architecture and the vegetation is brought to its highest degree of refinement.

The Belvedere, the principal building dominating the ornamental lake of the garden, is an octagonal pavilion built by the architect Richard Mique. It illustrates perfectly the taste of the 18th century for picturesque scenes of vegetation and architecture.

Used by the queen as her music room, the Belvedere pavilion, like Cupid’s Temple, is decorated in the classical style. The balance of its proportions, the refinement of its sculpture and the richness of its interior paintings of rural themes is completed by the patterned polychrome marble floor.

The Rock, which completes this landscaped scene, drawn and designed by the painter Hubert Robert, forms the pendant to the Belvedere with its contrasting aesthetic.

The restoration work on the Belvedere involved its cut stone walls, the balustrade, the figures of sphinxes framing each of the flights of steps and the lead roof of the dome.

The restoration of the interior paintings required extensive cleaning operations and the elimination of repainting done in the 19th century, the reintegration of missing pictures and painstaking work on the gilding highlights. The Rock had its structure reinforced and its water features recreated.

This restoration was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of VINCI
and the World Monument Fund (Robert W. Wilson Challenge to Conserve Our Heritage). Vinci World Monuments Fund

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