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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 Water Theatre grove



Presentation of the project

Open every day - Access only side Neptune fountain.

The Teaser of the opening

The Water Theatre Grove

Designed by André Le Nôtre between 1671 and 1674, this grove is located in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, between the Star grove and the Three Fountains grove. It was originally one of the most elaborate and complex in the gardens.

Following an international competition aimed at garden designers for the restoration of the Water Theatre grove, the landscape designer Louis Benech and the artist Jean-Michel Othoniel were chosen for their contemporary art project.

Map of the Water Theatre Grove
A project by Louis Benech


A contemporary garden

The choice made by Louis Benech was to create a welcoming grove, less fragile than those of the 17th century and one that can be left open to the public permanently, enabling visitors to enjoy the intimacy of this “salon of greenery” alone or with their family. The height of the trees selected by Louis Benech – beeches, holm oaks, quercus ilex, phillyrea latifolia, etc. – will not exceed the 17 metres intended by Le Nôtre, thus allowing the grove to be completely invisible from the Palace and to fit into the setting.

To provide a serene and pleasant stopping place, Louis Benech designed a specific bench for the Grove: "Versailles XXI". Through their simple and refined forms, these benches are at once a tribute to the past and a celebration of the present.

Jean-Michel Othoniel's sculpture-fountain

An attractive walk

Visitors are invited to enjoy an attractive walk leading to a large bright clearing with stretches of water. Three fountain sculptures are made by Jean-Michel Othoniel. Set at water level and consisting of gilded interlacing figures and arabesques made from Murano glass beads, the artist’s "signature" material, they are directly inspired by the ballets danced by Louis XIV and described in the Art of Describing Dance by Raoul-Auger Feuillet in 1701. Their dynamic calligraphy echo the embroidery-like parterres of the gardens of Versailles.

This project was imagined with one key guideline: respect for the place and its history. In fact, the grove’s fixtures will be totally reversible: all the masonry and hydraulic structures still present are preserved, and those designed today fit into them.



Vidéo "Before the opening" video of the grove

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