Exhibition Versailles. Dreams of architecture. 1660-1815 at the Château de Versailles until 4th August 2019

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A new exhibition at the Château de Versailles – super simple to get to from our hotels – explores how this “permanent building site” could have looked radically different, by examining the numerous projects that could have happened over the years…

During his time at Versailles, Louis XIV requested a lot of architectural propositions in order to transform his palace, some to adapt it for new uses, others simply to make it ever more grand.

This new exhibition (there are already two others on offer at the château) presents the various projects and explains why none of them actually came to fruition because of the political circumstances, financial constraints or simply the monarch’s fluctuating tastes.

You’ll see propositions for chapels, theatres and of course the château itself. For example, there were hundreds of projects just for the façade facing the town!

Exposition Versailles Architectures rêvées 1660-1815 au Château de Versailles jusqu'au 4 août
© RMN – Grand Palais (Château de Versailles) / Gérard Blot

With over a hundred architectural plans, drawings and elevations on paper, the exhibition also makes liberal use of the digitised plans of the château made during the Verspera project.

The exhibition is also part of the first Île-de-France region biennial of architecture and landscape (also known more succinctly as BAP!) which continues until 13rd July 2019.

Exposition Versailles Architectures rêvées 1660-1815 au Château de Versailles jusqu'au 4 août
© RMN – Grand Palais (Château de Versailles) / Gérard Blot

To learn more about the subject, the exhibition’s free audioguide is available in English, and guided visits are on offer.

There’s a leaflet for kids (in French) that you can download for free here (PDF), and the catalogue of the exhibition has just been published by Gallimard (288 pages, 200 illustrations, 49€ here at amazon.fr).

Exposition Versailles Architectures rêvées 1660-1815 au Château de Versailles jusqu'au 4 août

The exhibition Versailles. Dreams of architecture. 1660-1815 is at the Château de Versailles (here) until 4th August 2019

Open every day except Mondays from 9am-6.30pm

Admission: 18€ / 13€ (details of all entrance prices here)

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