More than forty years after its last major restoration, the Royal Chapel is requiring an urgent intervention on the roof timbers, the roof and decorative lead work, the statues and the window frames and stained glass. Follow the live of the restoration of this architectural masterpiece.
The organ of the Royal Chapel sits on the gallery above the altar in a splendid array of gilding and sculpted decoration. Its fascinating history, which began in 1679 long before the construction of the final chapel, continues today thanks to the skilled hands of those who play and maintain it.
A large-scale restoration thanks to the patronage of the Philanthropia Foundation. Undertaken by Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1687 and completed in 1710 by Robert de Cotte, the Royal Chapel of Versailles is probably the most advanced expression of the great royal style Louis XIV commissioned.
Thanks to an unprecedented combination of photographic material and original records safeguarded in the museum archives and at the French National Library, you can discover how the Palace of Versailles lived through the 14-18 War. In partnership with the French National Library, Gallica.
In 2017 and 2018, the Palace of Versailles and the town of Les Mureaux allow to nearly 600 inhabitants from priority neighbourhoods to discover and understand the world of the Palace and its gardens through dance. They will take part in commented visits and dance workshops to create their own show which will be performed in the Palace.
The European Royal Residences Association, including the Palace of Versailles and in partnership with Google Cultural Institute, is holding a virtual exhibition titled "A Place at the Royal Table" as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.