The 15th edition of the European Artistic Crafts Days (in French Journées européennes des métiers d'art, JEMA, or EACD in ENglish) is looking to the future. From April 6 to 11, 2021, the Palace of Versailles will open the doors of its workshops and restoration sites to virtual visitors. A behind-the-scenes access to those who know them best!

During this week, the Palace of Versailles invites you to discover or rediscover the major worksites of the current year. Each of these projects has mobilized a number of craftsmen and women, and we suggest that you take a look behind the scenes.

Discover the European Artistic Crafts Days

The king's private chamber

After 18 months of restoration work, the Louis XV and Louis XVI corner cabinet has been returned to its original state of the mid-18th century. The entire cabinet has been cleaned and restored, right down to the furniture, using essentially the traditional techniques of its period of creation.

To carry out this important project, which required work on the paintings, woodwork, gilding and marquetry, many crafts and skills were mobilized, such as the cabinetmakers of the Palace's workshops. 

Discover the trade of cabinetmaker 

English subtitles are available

Discover the restoration work on the King's private chamber

The african flowerbed 

In 2020, during a four-month long summer, the parterre of the Grand Trianon was dressed in a new outfit composed of the colors of Africa. After more than three centuries of traditional planting, it was adorned with a free planting, apprehended from the typical landscapes of this continent; as if to prepare for one of the Court's parties. 

This African flowerbed, the result of the work of the Trianon gardeners, remained faithful to the spirit of surprise and disorientation dear to the art of Baroque gardens.

Discover the African flowerbed

The orangery's gate

The gates of the First and Second Hundred Steps, on the Orangery side, are currently being restored. Six companies specialized in the restoration of historical monuments are working on the ironwork, masonry, painting, gilding, stonework and sculpture. 

This important project, which will last nearly two years, also includes the restoration of the four sculpted groups on top of the pillars of the gates. These four mythological couples, of colossal dimensions, require a workshop intervention by stone cutters from different companies, in support of the conservation of the Palace. While waiting to find their place at the top of the gates, they are replaced by copies in Saint Leu stone.

Discover the restoration of the sculptures 

English subtitles are available

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The official Palace of Versailles app.

The app includes the audioguide tour of the Palace and an interactive map of the Estate. It can be used without an Internet connection.

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