• LOCATION 72 | Hidden Messages from the Sun King: A Guide to the Palace of Versailles' Gardens

    Four statues on left

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

    Which one of these is not like the other? Take a good look at all four, then double-back to choose the impostor.

    When you see four statues together in the garden of Versailles, you're most likely standing before representations of the four seasons. Indeed three of these are seasons. Now that you've seen the symbols a number of times, you should be able to identify them. Only Spring is missing.

    Did you pick the second one you passed on your left as the non-season? You're correct. She has a feather headdress, a quill of arrows on her back and an alligator at her feet. There's also a severed head with European features. The head means the natives do not welcome colonisation by peoples from across the Atlantic. This statue shows not a season, but a continent, America. There are also statues for Africa, Europe and Asia (just opposite).

    Many themes are grouped in fours in these gardens: four seasons, four continents, four elements, four rivers (like in Eden), four temperaments, and the four times of the day. The fountain up ahead, stacks fours up to the skies.

    After passing the last statue, Winter, on your left, continue straight and walk up to the fountain.

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