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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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A Hermès scarf in aid of the palace of Versailles



A Hermès scarf in aid of the palace of Versailles

The sale by advance order of the “Promenade à Versailles” Hermès scarf will help to fund the restoration of the palace apartments.

The “Promenade à Versailles” silk scarf is the culmination of a partnership between two prestigious institutions that both embody French savoir-faire and excellence.

The scarf’s design, inspired by the canals that give structure to the palace gardens, consists of a network of vignettes that pay tribute to the most famous sights of Versailles. They meander from the King’s chamber to the Hall of Mirrors, not forgetting the woodland copses and the grand perspective created by André Le Nôtre.

The scarf’s designer Pierre Marie favoured the clarity and simplicity of line drawings to better reflect the classicism of 17th-century France.

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Reminder: delivery or pick up will begin on the 1st December 2015

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The sale by advance order of the “Promenade à Versailles” Hermès scarf will help to fund the restoration of the palace apartments.

This Promenade à Versailles was born of a question: why, with its myriad royal suns, prestigious harnesses and legendary bridles, has Hermès never taken us to visit this unique place before?

Hermès wished to forge a new union in the magnificent history of its celebrated scarves. Thus, the magic of savoir-faire that has shaped the reputation both of our heritage and of French design has given rise to this “way to present” Versailles, to borrow the words of Louis XIV himself.

But, ever the attentive patron to the Palace of Versailles, Hermès has gone a step further. Through this limited edition, the house is supporting its preservation.

The proceeds from the silk scarf subscription, featuring a contemporary design and colours, will contribute to the restoration and refurnishing of the royal apartments.

Catherine Pégard
Président of the Palace of Versailles

Invited by Catherine Pégard, President of the Palace of Versailles, to welcome the Sun King’s prestigious palace into its very own kingdom of silk, Hermès rose to the challenge.

One evening in front of the Grand Canal, in an exchange with illustrator Pierre Marie, the idea arose to draw an imaginary map of the world of Versailles, as it appeared to us, divided into a chessboard of picturesque vistas, a kaleidoscope of parts. Each one, represented in vignette form, would open a pathway into this imposing labyrinth of imagination brought to life.

As a storyteller on silk, the Hermès scarf had to weave the tale of Versailles with the same simple, unwavering and gracious style of a Charles Perrault story, adapted into a sort of modern comic strip. It seems to me that Louis XIV, who would take care to give his guests a personal tour of the grounds while retaining the wonder of a “childhood spread everywhere”, would have appreciated this allusion.

I hope that this scarf will meet with the approval of all those who love Versailles, and that it will play a role in restoring the Château to its former glory.

Pierre-Alexis Dumas
Artistic Director of Hermes

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