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    Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles

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    The infinite variety and ingenuity of entertainment provided at Court.

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    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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    A new visitors’reception area

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    Closed for works

    New visitor tour from 5th January 2016

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

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    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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    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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Imperial Flowers at the Grand Trianon

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Imperial Flowers at the Grand Trianon




From 1 to 22 November 2014, two giant chrysanthemums will blossom in the peristyle of the Grand Trianon.

Giant chrysanthemum

The chrysanthemum, symbol of joy and eternity

While the chrysanthemum is associated with mourning in France, the Imperial Flower presentation at the Grand Trianon is an opportunity to understand that its role is very different in Japan.

Cultivated with veneration, this plant is considered both as an emblem of the imperial family and as an evocation of joy and eternity. It is thought to make life better and longer, symbolised by its late, colourful flowering period.

Ten thousand kilometres for one flowering period

Usually presented at Shinjuku Gyoen Imperial Park in Tokyo, the two giant chrysanthemums, or “Ozukuri”, in flower at the Grand Trianon travelled ten thousand kilometres to come to Versailles. These trees “designed” in keeping with a unique ritual are being welcomed for the first time in France. They have reached maturity in a greenhouse at the Trianon Palace thanks to the expertise of the gardeners from the Imperial Park who accompanied them to Versailles to prepare their flowering.

Chrysanthemum cultivation

Ozukuri cultivation

The ornamental cultivation of large chrysanthemums is strictly codified and controlled by gardeners who are exclusively dedicated to them.

The trees are constructed from a single plant from which a dome-shaped structure is grown. The flowers at the ends of the branches are clamped into horizontal concentric circles and create a floral half-sphere of monumental dimensions. These plant creations can reach three to four metres in diameter and include several hundred thousand flowers.

Cultural and botanical exchanges

The presence of these two giant chrysanthemums at the Grand Trianon celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Franco-Japanese cultural partnership inspired by Paul Claudel, the “poet-ambassador” who sought to strengthen mutual understanding between the two countries.

In 2012, the Palace of Versailles and Shinjuku Gyoen Park signed a partnership to strengthen their cooperation through exchanges of expertise and bilateral exhibitions. The Imperial Flowers at the Grand Trianon have thus created an opportunity for the Trianon gardeners to learn the art of trimming and cultivating ozukuri from their Japanese colleagues.

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