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    2016

    Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles

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  • Extramural Exhibitions

    2016

    Discover the extramural exhibitions of the Palace of Versailles

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  • A president at the king's

    De Gaulle in Trianon

    Until 9 November 2016, discover the story of Trianon as a Palace of the Republic.

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  • Olafur Eliasson Versailles

    Olafur Eliasson is the Palace of Versailles’ guest artist for the summer of 2016.

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  • The American Revolution

    From 5 July to 2 October 2016

    An exhibition on the occasion of the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

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  • The publications

    Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles

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  • Salles Louis XIV

    Reopening

    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 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.

Round green grove Pavillon Frais Queen's grove Location of the excavation programmes undertaken by the palace of Versailles

Archaelogy on the CRCV website

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