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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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Return of the equestrian statue




After two years of restoration, the equestrian statue of Louis XIV returned to the Château de Versailles on 27 April 2009 thanks to the sponsorship of the Française des Jeux (public company organising the Lottery, etc.). Formerly installed near the restored royal gates, this statue has returned to its place on the Place d’Armes where it now seen by the millions of visitors who discover Versailles each year.

When Louis-Philippe converted the former royal residence into a museum dedicated “To all the glories of France”, he commissioned an equestrian statue of Louis XIV which he decided to place between the royal courtyard and forecourt. This old position corresponded to that of the central gateway of the royal railings, demolished in 1794.

The statue, installed in 1836, consists of two independent bronze sculptures. The horse, sculpted by Pierre Cartellier and cast in 1829, formed part of an unfinished commission initiated in 1816 par Louis XVIII for the restoration of the equestrian statue of Louis XV, on the place de la Concorde in Paris. The horseman was executed by Louis-Messidor Petitot in 1836. The two sculptures were cast in bronze by the same ironmaster, Charles Crozatier.
This impressive work required great technical prowess. Standing at over four metres from the ground on a hard limestone pedestal, with four granite milestones marking the angles, the statue measures about 5.5 metres in height.

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