• LOCATION 15 | Hidden Messages from the Sun King: A Guide to the Palace of Versailles' Gardens

    Exiting Apollo's baths

    Continue to the exit on the right where we'll visit our first fountain.

    What did you think of that? I bet you didn't expect to see such a dramatic display when you entered. The entryway of each wood makes it seem as if there’s nothing but shrubbery inside. Suddenly your breath is taken away by the discovery of a fountain or a waterfall or a sculpture. That's precisely the effect Le Nôtre was going for. All trees and shrubs in Versailles are today still trimmed to his specifications into a certain shape and height so the shadows created accentuate the angle of your view.

    A quick note for the mythological characters mentioned in this tour, I will use their Roman names in the audio, because that's what the French do. The chapter titles on the tour also use French, which is more helpful when consulting the map. See tour notes for translations.

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Hidden Messages from the Sun King: A Guide to the Palace of Versailles' Gardens