Versailles - The Garden - Paris

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It is difficult to imagine the Palace of Versailles without its garden. The garden defines Versailles as much as the palace. The garden is huge. Unless you live in Paris you are unlike to visit all the fountains, the avenues and the groves. The garden is as much as a sculpture garden as it is as a water garden. There are many sculptures and most of them are copies or modelled from ancient Greek sculptures. The Apollo theme run through the entire garden. Starting at the Latona Fountain when he was a boy. Slaining the dragon when he was a young man, hence the Dragon Fountain. Finally in his popular role as the Sun God, driving his flaming chariot across the sky. The Apollo fountain is the focal point. It is as important to the garden as the Hall of Mirror to the palace. It connects the Sun King, Louis XIV with the Ancient Greek Sun God of Apollo. Thus connect the glory of the Sun King with the glory of Ancient Greece.

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First created 28 Oct 2012. Version 1.0 - 6 Nov 2012. Jerry Tse. London . Versailles All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Available free for non-commercial and personal use. The Garden

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Plan Neptune Fountain . Dragon Fountain . Latona Fountain . Apollo Fountain . Orangery South Parterre North Parterre Water Parterre Swiss Lake The Palace Grand Canal Groves & Gardens Water Avenue Royal Avenue

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Orangery The garden was replanted recently with exotic trees to bring back its original appearance.

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The view of the Orangery before replanting. Beyond is the Swiss Lake.

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South Parterre

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Water Parterre Two large ponds near the palace.

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Water Parterre A water deity.

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Water Parterre One of the two large ponds on the Parterre.

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Water Parterre

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Latona Apollo Royal Avenue Water Parterre Groves & Garden Groves & Garden Grand Canal Looking East from the palace

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Latona Fountain Latona (Leto in Greek) is a goddess in Greek mythology. Jupiter (Zeus in Greek) is the father of her twins, Apollo (Sun god) and Artemis (Goddess of Love).

Latona Fountain:

Latona Fountain

Latona Fountain:

Latona Fountain

Latona Fountain:

Latona Fountain Latona had to run away from Juno (wife of Jupiter) with her children. She came across some Lycean peasants who refused to give her any water and stirred up the mud in the well. In her anger she turned these peasants into frogs, alligators and turtles.

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Latona Fountain Latona with her son Apollo by her side.

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Latona Fountain

Laocoon:

Laocoon

Laocoon:

Laocoon This is a copy of the ancient Greek sculpture, the Laocoon.

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Royal Avenue Many sculptures in the garden were modelled after Ancient Greek statues. This is a classic pose for Venus.

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Cyparissus was beloved by Apollo. He accidentally killed his tamed deer. In grief, he turned himself into a cypress tree. Royal Avenue

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Royal Avenue The allegorical figure of Night.

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The Melancholic, 1680 The Air,1685 Ganymede,1682 Royal Avenue

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Apollo Fountain A Triton announcing the arrival of Apollo.

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Apollo Fountain The Apollo Fountain is the centrepiece of the garden. It is a personification of the Sun King (Louis XIV).

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Apollo Fountain

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Apollo Fountain The Apollo driving his chariot across the sky, as he emerges from the sea.

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Apollo Fountain

Apollo Fountain:

Apollo Fountain

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Grand Canal The Grand Canal was created for water games and pleasure, as well as to provide water for the area.

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North Parterre

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The Siren and Tritons Fountain. North Parterre

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Water Avenue The Water Avenue on the north side of the palace, with its three fountains.

Pyramid Fountain:

Pyramid Fountain The first of three fountains on the Water Avenue.

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Pyramid Fountain

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Dragon Fountain In Greek mythology, Apollo killed the earth-dragon of Delphi. The main water jet rises 27m into the air.

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Dragon Fountain

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Dragon Fountain

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Dragon Fountain

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Neptune Fountain At the end of the Water Avenue is the largest fountain of the garden, The Neptune Fountain.

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Neptune Fountain

Dragon Fountain:

Dragon Fountain

Colonnade Grove:

Groves & Gardens Colonnade Grove The Abduction of Proserpine by Francois Girardon, 1675-95.

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Bacchus Avenue

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Saturn Avenue

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Ceres Fountain

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Ballroom Grove

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Bath of Apollo

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Bath of Apollo

Sun Steeds:

Sun Steeds Sun Steeds, 1668-75 by Balthazar

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Garden Island

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Garden Diana

The Royal Avenue and Palace‘s Garden Façade :

All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Available free for non-commercial and personal use. The End Music – The Water Music – Alla Hornpipe by George Frederic Handel. The Royal Avenue and Palace‘s Garden Façade

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