• LOCATION 11 | Hidden Messages from the Sun King: A Guide to the Palace of Versailles' Gardens

    Statue La Seine

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

    At the corner of the pool with the statue of the Seine go slight right and walk towards the statue of an archer. That's Diana, the huntress, and the twin sister of the demigod we'll meet in the baths up ahead. As you advance, you'll see the square fountain of the Night next to her. If you're unsure, take a look at the photo on your screen. Hug your left, descending the row of statues.

    You've noticed that the castle is built on a bluff, with all the surrounding terrain going down to the South, West and North. The garden is set with straight lines, showing man's domination over nature. Each shrub is meticulously trimmed. Plants are placed exactly where the landscaper wants them to go, leaving nothing to chance.

    It's quite close to the Italian conception of the time, but very far from the way the British or Germans relate to the vegetal world, preferring to assemble greenery in a more natural-looking state.

    At the end of the hedge, you'll make a hairpin turn to the left.

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