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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 Gabriel Chandelier




11 November 2013, the Gabriel Chandelier was set up at the Palace of Versailles. This contemporary artwork, designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and realized by Swarovski, will permanently enlighten the Gabriel staircase.

First permanent contemporary artwork

In 2011, the Palace of Versailles launched a competition to create a permanent mobile artwork to adorn and illuminate the grand Gabriel Staircase. The award-winning projet : a majestic chandelier, made by the artists Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, whose modern lines harmoniously integrate with the historically charged location.

The Chandelier is formed of three interlacing strands, each made of hundreds of crystal illuminated by luminous LEDs light-sources which diffuse a soft light. These immense, supple lines form an organic design ruled by the laws of gravity. The crystal establishes a strong link with the past sincethis material is traditionnally used in the making of chandeliers in Versailles.

© Studio Bouroullec © Studio Bouroullec

The Gabriel staircaise

Located at the entrance of the Grands Appartements, the Gabriel staircase conceived by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in 1772, was never completed. Work resumed in the 1980s, but the finished staircase lacked a focal point. The Gabriel Chandelier will enrich these historic surroundings whilst preserving the unique nature of the space.

Le Lustre Gabriel © Studio Bouroullec

A Word from the artists

« We had to produce a piece which possessed character but which, unlike several contemporary art initiatives at Versailles in the past, was not a temporary installation, nor a work of art, nor an exhibition. The design brief was to create a chandelier to light the Gabriel Staircase. [...]

Then we thought that in the final analysis it was not perhaps necessary to give a delineated form to this piece of lighting but rather to try to arrange it so that the form naturally found its line from gravity. In this way we developed the idea of twists of crystal suspended from four points on the ceiling and tracing loops which subdivide into organic trees. In the end its shape arrived almost naturally. »

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

© Studio Bouroullec

The patron

Swarovski helped to restaure some of the chandelier of the Palace by creating a candle lit by a flame in crystal LED allowing to reproduce perfectly the appearance, ambiance and tones of 17th century candle-lit chandeliers. These chandeliers can be found in Mesdames' apartments, the King and the Queen's Grands Apartments, the apartments of the Dauphin, Dauphine, as well as in the King and Queen's smaller apartments.

The Gabriel Chandelier was designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and realized by


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