Archaeology of the Grand Commun
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
A place of art and history, the Estate of Versailles is and has been since the early 1990s a vast field of archaeological excavations.
The Palace, Museum and National Estate of Versailles and Trianon form a listed historical monument, so all the development projects affecting the subsoil are preceded by historical and archaeological research work. The latter takes the form of probes to detect the presence of possible vestiges, whose presence leads to more in-depth excavation work.
Excavations in the Queen’s Grove © A. Heitzmann
While archaeological work was carried out in Versailles throughout the 20th century, it became systematic only in the early 1990s with the launch of the general replanting of the park, devastated by the storm of 3 February 1990.
These archaeological excavations are carried out by the palace of Versailles, which has an archaeologist among its personnel (Annick Heitzmann), attached to the Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles (CRCV). She is assisted by volunteers organised in a non-profit organisation (Volutes). The archaeological work is authorised, monitored and sometimes funded by the Service Régional de l’Archéologie d’Ile-de-France. In the case of preventive excavations, it calls on the expertise of approved bodies, notably the Institut National de Recherche en Archéologie Préventive (INRAP).
Since 1990, ten places have been excavated by the palace of Versailles (or by the CRCV since it was set up in 2006), some several times. Most of the excavations concern structures from the reign of Louis XIV located in the Park of Versailles.
Location of the excavation programmes undertaken by the palace of Versailles