• LOCATION 8 | Hidden Messages from the Sun King: A Guide to the Palace of Versailles' Gardens

    Start of Perspective

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

    You are standing at the start of the Grand Perspective, stretching 14km into the distance. At inauguration, the grounds of this park were 10 times bigger. Behold the Grand Canal, cross-shaped and more than a mile long. Start walking toward it, and aspects of the view will change before your eyes.

    The dramatic effects start revealing themselves about halfway to the edge. That gives you a brief moment to remark the girl in the statue to your left, at the edge of the pool, taking a 17th-century selfie! As two other children play beside, she strikes a pose at herself in the mirror.

    Keep walking in-between the pools, with your eyes focused on the distant horizon.

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