The Palace of Versailles, A Host Venue for Paris 2024
The Palace of Versailles will be the venue for the eventing competitions, i.e. the triathlon comprising cross-country, dressage, and show jumping, as well as the Olympic and Paralympic show jumping and dressage competitions, and all five components of the modern pentathlon.
Olympic Games: Equestrian sports from 27 July to 6 August 2024 / Modern Pentathlon from 8 to 11 August 2024
Paralympic Games: Para-Equestrian from 3 to 7 September 2024
"The Horse in Majesty" EXHIBITION
From 2 July to 3 November 2024, the Palace of Versailles will present a special exhibition dedicated to horses and equestrian civilisation in Western culture from the 16th century to the early 20th century. Over 400 works from collections around the world, many of which will be exhibited for the first time in France, will shed light on the long shared history between man and horse. The trilogy of Service, Pleasure, and Power govern the equestrian culture of modern times in Europe. Among the foremost means of expressing power and distinction, the horse will be considered in its multiple dimensions: political, military, academic, scientific, artistic, cultural, legendary, and imaginary. The exhibition will unfold through a journey across several of the Palace’s most iconic spaces.
Laurent Salomé, Director of the National Museum of the Palaces of Versailles and Trianon
Hélène Delalex, Heritage Curator of the National Museum of the Palaces of Versailles and Trianon
The return of Apollo’s Chariot
Situated at the centre of the Grande Perspective between the Palace and the Etoile Royale, the Apollo’s Chariot Basin is undoubtedly one of the most renowned basins in the gardens of Versailles.
In December 2022, with the patronage of the CMA CGM Group, the Palace of Versailles embarked upon the major restoration of this iconic fountain of Louis XIV’s Versailles. The thirteen lead sculptures were removed for restoration and re-gilding. Meanwhile, the sculpted group’s stone pedestal is being reinforced on-site, as are the hydraulic networks whose restoration is being carried out by the Palace’s fountain artisans. This project will conclude with the creation of new nozzles to restore the original water effects, and the reinstallation of the sculpted group in January 2024. The illumination of the basin and the statuary will also be completely redesigned.
The Apollo’s Chariot Basin will be fully reopened in April 2024 for the Grandes Eaux, following an exceptional restoration that has involved various skilled trades such as art foundry, metallurgy, gilding, fountain artisanship, and masonry.
A LabelLed "cultural olympiad" programme
Throughout the year, the Palace of Versailles will offer a programme labelled Cultural Olympiad, weaving a connection between sports and the arts.
For the General Public
Unique guided tours
Specially created for the occasion, tours centred on arts and sports will be offered throughout the year: Versailles, Games, and Sports; Dancing at Court; Gods and Heroes; Versailles, by Horse or by Carriage; Horses in Art; and a tour of the Grand Parc, Versailles by Bicycle.
Activities for 18-25 year-olds
Activities specifically for 18-25 year-olds will also be offered, such as the Heroic Nudities and Bath Time, My Queen! guided tours and the Drawing from a Model and Meditation at Trianon workshops.
A Pentathlon of the Arts weekend
Over one weekend in June 2024, the Palace of Versailles will host a Pentathlon of the Arts. Inspired by Pierre de Coubertin’s Pentathlon of the Muses for the 1912 Games, this original cultural event will invite the public to participate in workshops focusing on five cultural disciplines: visual arts; literature and writing; digital arts; architecture and design; and music and performing arts.
For School Pupils and People with Limited Access to Culture
The Pentathlon of the Arts
In 2023-2024, the Palace of Versailles will offer Pentathlon of the Arts workshops for school pupils and people with limited access to culture. Conducted in partnership with the Academy of Versailles, the “À l'école du patrimoine et de la création : des corps et des muses” programme involving nearly 2,000 pupils will also draw from this programme.
Made possible thanks to the MGEN patronage
Flourishing Versailles: Skills to hand down
In 2024, the Palace of Versailles is continuing the Flourishing Versailles project, allowing young individuals in professional integration from the cities of Les Mureaux and Plaisir to discover the trades of Versailles. To put what they learn into practice, 200 young people will be invited to create a floral artwork on the theme of horses.
Stop off at Versailles: Dreams in Motion
Led by the Palace of Versailles in collaboration with the new Vivre ensemble association, this project offer people with disabilities an introduction to dance through workshops with choreographers. A photographer will then immortalise their bodies in motions during the presentation of the choreographies. The photographs will be exhibited at the Palace of Versailles starting from 14 June 2024.
Made possible with the support of McArthurGlen Paris-Giverny and the Yvelines Department
Just dance 2024 : A Night at the Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles, Ubisoft, and the French National Centre for Cinema and the Moving Image (CNC) have collaborated to create a new “A Night at the Palace of Versailles” map to mark the release of the musical video game Just Dance 2024. Immersed in the heart of the 18th century at Versailles, players will be able to admire iconic parts of the Palace and its gardens while dancing to two pieces of baroque music that have been modernised with a pop arrangement: March for the Turkish Ceremony by Jean-Baptiste Lully and Savages by Jean-Philippe Rameau.
Completion of Projects across the Entire Versailles Estate
The Palace of Versailles is overseeing several significant projects set to be completed by spring 2024, ensuring visitors from around the world can experience the Palace and its gardens under the best conditions.
Restoration of the Honour Gate
The Palace of Versailles is currently restoring the Honour Gate, the main entrance to the Estate, along with the two sculpted groups by Girardon and Massy that frame it. Thanks to funding from the Departement des Yvelines, this operation will restore the original layout of the gate and its ornamentations existing since the 19th century. The scaffolding, installed in September 2023, will remain in place until spring 2024, when the restored Honour Gate will be unveiled to the public.
Restoration of the Œil-de-Bœuf Antechamber
Emblematic of life at the court during the reign of Louis XIV, the Œil-de-Bœuf Antechamber is undergoing extensive restoration. This operation will breathe new life into the woodwork, gilding, and painted decor of this masterpiece of decorative arts. The Palace is also bringing the King’s Apartment, where the famous King’s Chamber is located, into compliance. Both will reopen to the public in June 2024.
Restoration of the Roofs of the North Wing
Following the restoration of the roofs of the Gabriel Wing, those of the Palace’s North Wing are now undergoing restoration. Various skilled trades are currently involved - roofers, sculptors, carpenters, as well as stonecutters - to enhance the lead covering’s waterproofing, ensure better thermal insulation, and restore all of its stone sculptures. The scaffolding will be entirely dismantled once the restoration is complete in spring 2024.
Restoration of the Banks of the Grand Canal
In 2023, the Palace of Versailles initiated, thanks to the patronage of Jacquemus, the restoration of the banks of the Grand Canal, a major architectural element of the park designed under Louis XIV by André Le Nôtre. By spring 2024, 420 concrete copings will be replaced by copings made of Saint-Leu stone, a historic and resilient material, ensuring a sustainable restoration all while improving the watertightness of the basin.
Restoration of the Roofs of the Grand Trianon
In 2023, the Palace of Versailles began the restoration of the roofs of the Grand Trianon. Starting in 2024, the south wing will be completely restored, thus beginning the transformation of one of the most intimate and refined spaces in the Versailles estate, built in 1687 for Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan.
A new reception area in the Gardens
To enhance visitors’ comfort, a 270m² hall is currently under construction at the edge of the gardens. Starting from spring 2024, it will provide all visitors, including students, with a covered area for picnics and rest.