• LOCATION 17 | Hidden Messages from the Sun King: A Guide to the Palace of Versailles' Gardens

    Left toward Latone fountain

    Left toward Latone fountain on Versailles, Yvelines audio tour Hidden Messages from the Sun King: A Guide to the Palace of Versailles' Gardens

    Make a left just after the statue of the girl seated on the ground scooping water with a seashell. Follow the wide path in a sweeping rightward arch toward the grand circular fountain.

    You may remark the topiary on the right trimmed into different shapes. Patterns alternate, and then repeat further on. No two shrubs grow their branches in the same manner, yet here, they have matching dimensions and geometry. To maintain them alike in all seasons, the gardeners use life-size cutouts set against the trunk indicating precisely where to trim.

    As you approach the midpoint of a parterre of greenery to your right, notice the alarm on the faces of the figures transforming in the statue in the center. The same spell is afflicting the figures in the fountain ahead.

    What is happening? I will explain at the foot of the fountain.

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