Sunday morning after a typical French vegetarian breakfast (that’s a French Bread, Butter, Jam, An orange juice and A hot chocolate – all for 6 Euros. Errr.. Ok. Lemme not get into conversions now, or else this post to would go like China Trip post with full economics), we headed off to
After reaching the Versailles Reve Gauche Metro station a small walk took me to the lane from where the view of the palace was exquisite.
I reached the palace and took the entry ticket and went in. The comfortable part was having that audio guide to explain all the details of each and every room. A small remote control like thingy with a headset with a keypad – that was the headset. Each and every room had a board that said a 3 digit number which has to be dialed in this remote which activated an automated message on the headset about that room.
As we went in the first to witness was the Royal Chapel. This was built in 1699 to 1710 by Jules Hardouin-Mansarrt and Robert de Cotte. This is 2 storeyed – the first floor for the King and Royal family, the second for others.
As I proceeded to the next room I just peeped out of the window to see the exquisite view of the enormous garden against the cloudy grey sky.
The next room was called the Hercules Drawing Room. This is essentially a ballroom. The painting on the ceiling was about Hercules entering the
This painting is located above the fireplace. This is called Elieser and Rebecca, painted by Veronese. I especially loved the lighting in this painting. The bag had a streak of light on it – that’s something special. Isnt’t it.?
Opposing this is Christ at the House of Siman the Pharisee again painted by Veronese in 1664. There were several portraits and busts of several people of the royal family in every room and along the pathway too.
The next was the Venus Drawing Room which was a kinda dining hall where several fruits and buffet were kept during evenings of receptions and other celebrations. Here right on the ceiling was Venus, the Goddess of Love, by Rene Antoine Houasse.
Centrally placed was a statue of Louis XIV himself.
Next room was the Diane Drawing Room which was originally the King’s billiard room which later became a ballroom. On the ceiling was Diana, the Goddess of Hunting by Gabriel Blanchard.
Centrally placed is the very famous marble bust of Louis XIV.
Travelling to the next room I spotted this window latch. I was just amazed at the amount of artistry put on a simple window pane latch!!!
Next was the Mars Drawing Room. On the ceiling was Mars, the God of wars, himself in a chariot driven by Wolves, painted by Claude II Andren.
That is David playing the Harp by Dominichino in 1620. Then was there a painting of the Family of Darius at Alexander’s Feet painted by Charles Le Brun.
This one is called Pilgrims of Emmaus by Veronese. I dunno, somehow, the character centrally placed in this painting in the Red Robe with a Blue Shawl makes me think of it as Jesus Christ. Well, I dunno, I have no clue.
That is Queen Marie Lenzezinska. Do you need any other evidence to understand their wealth and grandiose. K. Lemme get back to you with the other rooms and their paintings in the coming posts. Isn’t this going too long.???
TO GET THERE:
Located in Zone 4. So
Nearest RER Station:
RER Lines: C5 (Yellow Line). The last station is ours.