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 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).