• LOCATION 35 | Hidden Messages from the Sun King: A Guide to the Palace of Versailles' Gardens

    Four busts facing inward

    Four busts facing inward on Versailles, Yvelines audio tour Hidden Messages from the Sun King: A Guide to the Palace of Versailles' Gardens

    You are coming to an opening with four busts facing inward. Walk up to the left one at 10 o'clock.

    Even though this artist's rendition isn't so muscular, the club in the man's left hand is a dead giveaway that this is Hercules. This is one of at least 7 representations of Hercules in these gardens. Kings throughout time have propped up Hercules to represent their power, courage and sexual prowess, and Louis XIV is no exception. Looking closely at the symbols in the sculptures helps identify each character.

    Leave Herc on your left and keep walking diagonally in the same direction.

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