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« Reply #30 on: August 15, 2005, 12:34:23 PM »
There are lot of fountains in the park and in the early days of Versailles, fountain guards were ordered to whistle when Louis XIV approached, so that the fountains could be fully turned on because the supply in water was difficult.

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« Reply #31 on: August 15, 2005, 01:08:20 PM »
I have been to Versailles a couple of times, but it was years ago.  The palace is in an almost perpetual state of restoration.  As with all palaces, it went through many modifications even while still in use as a royal residence.  For instance, the famous Ambassador Staircase was removed in, I think, Louis XV's time, to make way for some additional rooms.  Also, the ground floor gallery was originally open to the air but later enclosed by Louis XIV to provide an exercise space for rainy-day walks.

The biggest alterations, of course, came after the Revolution, when some of the state rooms were converted to museum galleries glorifying the French military exploits of the 19th century.

By the early 20-century, the palace was in an advancing state of decay.  John D. Rockefeller came to its aid in the 1920's, at which time structural engineers and restorers made their first descent on the place.  As you might expect, the initial focus was on the major state apartments and the suites of the royal couple.

Some of their findings were startling.  Louis XIV had built Versailles "on the cheap", as it were.  For instance, many of the fountains were in near collapse, because they were made of cement poured around bundles of flagons in an attempt to cut costs.

The restoration of Versailles today seems to be well-funded and moving along apace.  Last I heard, the restorations had been extended into the ground-floor quarters of other members of the royal family.

In its heydey, Versailles was home to around 10,000 people.  While the members of the royal household lived in relative comfort and privacy, some astonishingly high members of the nobility were relegated to pretty ratty quarters in the garret floors, where they had one or two small poorly-ventilated rooms, where people urinated in hallways and stairwells, etc.  Maybe not much of a problem in those days . . . Louis XIV himself was reported to have seen a bath only twice -- upon being born and being embalmed.

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« Reply #32 on: August 15, 2005, 04:14:13 PM »
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There are lot of fountains in the park and in the early days of Versailles, fountain guards were ordered to whistle when Louis XIV approached, so that the fountains could be fully turned on because the supply in water was difficult.


The fountains of Versailles needed as much water as all the city of Paris!  :o
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« Reply #33 on: August 15, 2005, 04:55:39 PM »
Good God! Only the best for Louis!!
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« Reply #34 on: August 16, 2005, 03:16:17 AM »
I was at Versailles on june this year... with some friends (we are historians of art! ;D 8))...
The gallerie des Glaces (english name?) is close nuntil 2007 because they restaure it.

and the site (in French): http://www.chateauversailles.fr/

and in English:http://www.chateauversailles.fr/en/ (what is that languague , at my times, everybody spoke French! pfuuuu! 8))

here are some of my pictures:



Louis XIV by Le Bernin

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« Reply #35 on: August 16, 2005, 03:30:35 AM »


Le Petit Trianon


Le Grand Trianon (my home!)
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yes! this is the WC!!
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« Reply #36 on: August 16, 2005, 03:33:58 AM »
an the bath!


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« Reply #37 on: August 16, 2005, 03:35:41 AM »
Empress's Marie Louise bedroom at the Grand Trianon:



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« Reply #38 on: August 16, 2005, 03:36:07 AM »
LOL, dur dur les toilettes, as tu des photos de la ferme ?

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« Reply #39 on: August 16, 2005, 03:38:41 AM »
and in the park:



merci Hélène!
C'est le luxe ces toilettes! t'imagine! au 18è siècle! Napoléon s'est assis dessus! :P

Unfortunetly, we haven't not enought time to see La Ferme et le hameau! :-/ Next time!
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« Reply #40 on: August 16, 2005, 04:27:43 AM »
Wonderful pics, Lisa! Though I will admit, my school-boy French was insufficient to pick up on everything you and Helene said to each other! ; - )
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« Reply #41 on: August 16, 2005, 05:09:18 AM »
hum hum!  :-/
our discussion was not very serious :-[: we speak about the WC: it is very comfortable, and Napoléon sat on it! ;D 8)
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« Reply #42 on: August 16, 2005, 05:20:31 AM »
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hum hum!  :-/
our discussion was not very serious :-[: we speak about the WC: it is very comfortable, and Napoléon sat on it! ;D 8)


Ah, well, if Napoloeon sat on it, that makes it the most important WC in the world!!! ; - )
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« Reply #43 on: August 16, 2005, 06:35:43 AM »
sure! ::)

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Re: King Louis XIV
« Reply #44 on: November 05, 2005, 07:17:43 PM »
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Yes, those high heels must have been so expensive...


Seriously, he was known for having very shapely legs  :-*
Great dancer, too.  :-*